Escalation in Donbas: 54 attacks on Ukraine, 5 WIA's in last day

10:08, 05 April 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 54 times in the past 24 hours, with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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The areas near the Ukrainian-held strategic port city of Mariupol were the hottest spots on Tuesday. Here, the enemy fired 82mm mortars on the defenders of the town of Krasnohorivka and the village of Shyrokyne, while grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns were used to shell the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Pavlopil and Vodiane. The Ukrainian positions near the town of Maryinka came under fire from grenade launchers. The enemy also fired machine guns toward the Ukrainian Marines in the village of Hnutove. Additionally, the Ukrainian Marines' positions near Vodiane and Shyrokyne were attacked by infantry fighting vehicles. A sniper was also active near the village of Novotroyitske.

Read alsoUkraine reports 2 KIA's, 5 WIA's in past 24 hoursIn addition, a skirmish with an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group occurred near Maryinka on Tuesday. It happened when group members attempted to approach Ukrainian positions. Ukrainian troops spotted the enemy lurking around. Taking into account the direct threat to the life and health of his subordinates, a Ukrainian brigade commander decided to use weapons, after which the enemy retreated.

In the Donetsk sector, the Russian occupation forces used 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms against the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka. They also fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Luhanske, Opytne, Pisky, and Nevelske. Heavy machine guns were used to attack Ukrainian soldiers stationed near the villages of Kamianka, Opytne, Verkhniotoretske and Pisky, and Butivka coal mine. Furthermore, enemy snipers were working near the villages of Opytne and Troyitske.

The fewest number of attacks was recorded in the Luhansk sector. Here, the enemy fired anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Krymske, while small arms were used to shell the Ukrainian positions near the village of Lobacheve.

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