Escalation in Donbas: 8 WIAs amid 85 enemy attacks in last day
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 85 times in the past 24 hours with eight Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
In the Mariupol sector, the militants used weapons against the Ukrainian soldiers 25 times, mostly near the village of Chermalyk, where the enemy repeatedly fired 120mm mortars and once used a multiple rocket launcher. Additionally, the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Vodiane, Shyrokyne, Hnutove, Taramchuk, Pavlopol and Novotroyitske, and the town of Maryinka were attacked with small arms, grenade launchers, as well as 82mm mortars and infantry fighting vehicles in some areas.
Read alsoDonbas militants attack Ukraine 14 times on June 4 – ATO HQIn the Donetsk sector, the illegal armed groups opened fire on the fortified positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 28 times. It is emphasized that the geography of enemy shelling remains constant: last night such facts were recorded near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Kamianka, Verkhniotoretske, Novhorodske, Zaitseve, Novoluhanske and Troyitske. The enemy also actively used small arms, grenade launchers of various modifications, 82mm mortars, and less often 120mm mortars.
"However, in the evening, the occupiers carried out two powerful shelling of the Ukrainian positions near the village of Troyitske, using 122mm artillery systems, 120mm mortars, tank shells and less powerful weapons. Moreover, yesterday, the militants once again shelled the residential area of one of the front-line settlements on the Svitlodarska Duha bulge," the report says.
Read alsoBellingcat discovers pre-MH17 photograph of Buk 332The largest number of violations yesterday was recorded in the Luhansk sector, namely 32 militant attacks. More instances of the use of heavy artillery weapons by the Russian occupation forces were also recorded there. In particular, the militants carried out several powerful attacks near the villages of Krymske and Novotoshkivske, using 120mm mortars and 122mm and 152mm artillery systems.
"The defenders of the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Triokhizbenka, Troyitske, Katerynivka and Novozvanivka, and the town of Popasna also came under mortar fire. Furthermore, using light weapons, the invaders resorted to provocations near the villages of Donetskiy and Stanytsia Luhanska," the press service said.