Ukraine reports 4 WIAs amid 55 enemy attacks in last day

12:15, 20 May 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 55 times in the past 24 hours with four Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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"There were 55 enemy armed provocations in the past day. Increasingly, the enemy uses artillery armament, which is strictly prohibited by Minsk agreements," the report said.

The Mariupol sector: 26 enemy attacks were recorded. In particular, the militants used 120mm mortars to shell the Ukrainian soldiers near the villages of Shyrokyne and Hnutove, while the ATO fortified positions near Berdianske and Shyrokyne came under enemy fire from 122mm artillery systems.

In addition, the militants fired grenade launchers and small arms at ATO positions outside the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil, Novohryhorivka, and a number of other settlements. The occupiers also fired 82mm mortars and small arms not far from the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka. Fortunately, no destructions or civilian casualties have been reported.

Read alsoFour civilians killed in militant shelling of Avdiyivka’s residential districtIn the Donetsk sector, the militants attacked the Ukrainian soldiers 16 times. The southern and eastern outskirts of the town of Avdiyivka remained to be a hot spot. In the evening, the enemy opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars as well as small arms and grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions in this area. "Northeast, the enemy fired 82mm mortars and small arms on the ATO fortified position near the village of Verkhniotoretske. The defenders of the village of Luhanske at Svitlodarska Duha bulge came under enemy fire from infantry fighting vehicles and heavy machine guns," the ATO HQ said.

It the Luhansk sector, the enemy attacked the Ukrainian positions 13 times, using heavy artillery and multiple artillery rocket systems. In particular, late in the evening, the militants shelled the ATO positions near the village of Troyitske from BM-21 Grad MLRS multiple rocket launchers and 152mm and 122mm artillery systems. "The Ukrainian positions near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka came under fire from 122mm artillery systems, while the defenders of the villages of Novozvanivka and the town of Popasna were shelled from 120mm and 82mm mortars. The Russian-backed mercenaries also fired small arms and grenade launchers near the settlements of Valuyske, Krymske, and Stanytsia Luhanska.

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