Donbas seeing de-escalation amid 50 attacks on Ukraine army in last day

10:39, 20 March 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 50 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.


The Russian occupation forces mounted 26 attacks on the Ukrainian positions in the Mariupol sector. The village of Vodiane came under fire from heavy machine guns, grenade launchers and anti-aircraft guns. Moreover, at about 18:00 Kyiv time, the enemy started shelling there, using 122mm artillery systems.

Heavy machine guns were used to fire on Ukrainian positions near the villages of Pavlopil, Shyrokyne and Hnutove, while grenade launchers were used near the village of Lebedynske. The towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka came under mortar fire.

Read alsoUkraine's defense ministry reports five soldiers wounded in past dayThe occupiers fired grenade launchers and machine guns on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka in the Donetsk sector. At about 15:00 Kyiv time, the Ukrainian troops were attacked by a tank. Additionally, the enemy fired 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Nevelske, as well as grenade launchers of various systems and machine guns were engaged near the villages of Zaitseve, Luhanske, and Kamianka.

In the Luhansk sector, the Russian-backed mercenaries opened fire from 120mm mortars to shell the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novozvanivka twice. Furthermore, grenade launchers of various systems were used near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Novo-Oleksandrivka.

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