Ukraine reports 1 WIA, 36 attacks amid Donbas escalation in past day

14:10, 21 June 2017
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The Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters has reported escalation in the past day in the east of the country: the number of attacks on Ukrainian troops and their intensity in some sectors along the contact line in Donbas increased only after dark.

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Russia's hybrid military forces mounted 36 attacks on the Ukrainian positions, resorting to heavy artillery systems five times, the ATO HQ said in a morning update on Wednesday, June 21.

"One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action (WIA) as a result of enemy shelling yesterday," it said.

Occupiers in the Mariupol sector in Donetsk region used infantry weapons only during the daytime and mounted artillery attacks at dusk. "In particular, our strongholds near the village of Talakivka were attacked with the use of 122mm artillery systems. They also used anti-tank grenade launchers, and an enemy sniper was working there. Later they opened fire from 82mm mortars near the village of Hnutove," the ATO HQ said.

Read alsoRussian proxies lob over 60 shells into Ukraine positions near Krymske in DonbasWhat is more, Ukrainian troops stationed near the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Pavlopil, Novomykhailivka and the town of Maryinka came under fire from grenade launchers and small arms. In total, 18 instances of the violation of the ceasefire in the sector were recorded in the reporting period.

The Donetsk sector saw six enemy attacks. On Tuesday morning and during the day, the situation there was calm, the ATO HQ said.

"The first attack on our positions was recorded at about 18:00 – the occupiers used portable anti-tank grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns to shell Ukrainian army positions near the town of Kamianka. Just some minutes later, the invaders opened fire from proscribed 120mm mortars and grenade launchers at one of our strongholds near the town of Avdiyivka. There were at least three enemy attacks on our positions near Avdiyivka until midnight with the use of grenade launchers, small arms of different calibers and 82mm mortars. What is more, the mercenaries opened fire at the defenders of the village of Verkhniotoretske in the evening, using infantry weapons and cannons of infantry fighting vehicles.

The Luhansk sector saw a new round of escalation along the Bakhmutske highway, where the Russian occupation forces again used heavy artillery systems against ATO forces.

"In particular, our strongholds near the village of Krymske came under fire from 152mm artillery systems and 120mm mortars. What is more, the occupiers used 82m mortars and cannons of infantry fighting vehicles to shell Ukrainian troops near the village of Novozvanivka," the ATO HQ said.

The violation of the ceasefire was recorded near the town of Schastia and the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Novo-Oleksandrivka, where the enemy used mainly grenade launchers and small arms.

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