Three Ukrainian soldiers wounded amid 40 attacks in Donbas in last day

11:11, 19 May 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 40 times in the past 24 hours with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.


"The Mariupol sector: 25 enemy attacks were recorded. In particular, the militants repeatedly attacked fortified ATO positions near the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Talakivka, Lebedynske, and Berdianske, using 120mm mortars. The defenders of Shyrokyne came under fire from 122mm artillery systems. Moreover, the enemy used light weapons against our fortified positions near the villages of Bohdanivka, Chermalyk, and Pavlopil," the report says.

The southern outskirts of the town of Avdiyivka in the Donetsk sector remained to be a hot spot. In the evening, the enemy started to use 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns to shell the Ukrainian soldiers in this direction. In addition, the occupiers used 82mm mortars to attack the Ukrainian positions near the village of Kamianka. They also fired heavy machine guns not far from the village of Nevelske. Furthermore, the illegal armed groups opened fire from grenade launchers of various systems and guns of infantry fighting vehicles several times, aiming at the Ukrainian positions near the village of Zaitseve.

"The Luhansk sector: there were five recorded instances of militant shelling in the past day. In the evening, the Russian occupation forces used 82mm mortars and grenade launchers to shell the Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Troyitske, as well as grenade launchers and small arms near the villages of Malynove, Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksandrivka," the press service said.

Read alsoEscalation in Donbas: 5 WIA's amid 52 enemy attacks in last dayIn addition, the militants once again shelled residential areas of Ukrainian towns in the past day. "Having attacked the town of Krasnohorivka with mortars yesterday morning, the enemy did not stop. In the evening, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired 120mm mortar shells at the residential sector on the eastern outskirts of the village of Berdianske," the report reads.

Two residential buildings on Morska Street were completely destroyed and some more houses were seriously damaged in the attack. Fortunately, none of the civilians was injured, the ATO HQ said.

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