Ukraine reports 66 enemy attacks, 5 WIA's in last day

10:55, 18 June 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 66 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.

Almost a third of the violations was conducted from artillery systems.

The Russian occupation forces mounted 28 attacks on the Ukrainian positions in the Mariupol sector. The defenders of the villages of Hranitne, Chermalyk, and Shyrokyne came under fire from 120mm mortars. The latter was also shelled from a tank. In addition, The occupiers fired 122mm howitzers on the Ukrainian soldiers stationed near the village of Novoselivka Druha from the outskirts of the temporarily occupied town of Horlivka. Moreover, the militants repeatedly opened fire from grenade launchers and small arms of various calibers on the ATO strongholds near the villages of Pavlopil, Slavne, Hnutove, Taramchuk, Talakivka, Vodiane, and the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka.

Read alsoDay in Donbas: 18 enemy attacks, 1 KIAIn the Donetsk sector, the enemy continued firing 152mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Kalynove. During the day and evening, the enemy repeatedly used mortars of various calibers, tank shells, and infantry weapons near Avdiyivka. The Ukrainian positions near the village of Novhorodske came under intensive enemy fire as well. In addition, the enemy's violations of the ceasefire were recorded near the villages of Verkhnyotoretske, Zaitseve, Kamianka, Novoselivka, and Novoluhanske, where the occupiers used anti-tank missile systems, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers of various modifications, heavy machine guns, and small arms. In total, 17 armed provocations were recorded in this part of the front line.

Twenty-one instances of enemy's violations of the ceasefire were recorded in the Luhansk sector. Afternoon, the Russian-backed militants repeatedly opened fire from 120mm mortars, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns on Ukrainian strongholds near the villages of Krymske and Katerynivka. Furthermore, the ATO positions came under enemy mortar fire near the villages of Troyitske, Triokhizbenka, and Stariy Aidar. The militants also attacked the Ukrainian strong points near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Novo-Oleksandrivka, as well as Donets station, using infantry fighting vehicles.

Last night, the enemy once again fired mortars on residential sector of the village of Berdianske near Mariupol.

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