ATO report: 35 shellings, direct clash, 1 KIA

10:40, 15 July 2017
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Over the past 24 hours, pro-Russian militants in Donbas violated the ceasefire agreement 35 times, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters reports.

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Three Ukrainian troops were wounded in action, while another Ukrainian soldier was killed.

The press center noted that illegal armed groups continued their provocations practically along the entire line of contact.

"After 18:00 on the Mariupol line the enemy attacked Ukrainian positions outside Hnutove,  Pavlopil, Vodiane, and Kamenka, using grenade launchers and 82 mm mortars st. From 20:00, for almost two hours, militants fired 120mm mortars, anti-aircraft guns, and heavy machine guns on Shyrokine. As a result of the shelling, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded," the report said.

Also, the enemy fired from 120mm mortars and a tank on Ukrainian-controlled Krasnohorivka.

Residential blocks of Maryinka were once again shelled from enemy grenade launchers overnight. "

Read alsoPutin’s dangerous new Ukraine doctrine - WSJ“In the Donetsk direction, the enemy engaged the Butivka coal mine and the town of Avdiyivka from small arms and grenade launchers at around 21:00. Another Ukrainian soldier was wounded in a shelling of Kamenka,” the report notes.

Also, a sharp increase in fire provocations late Friday was recorded in the Luhansk direction. "At about 23:00, militants fired at villages of Donets and Novozvanivka, using small arms and grenade launchers. Krymske was mortared with 82mm shells. This night, a clash took place between the Ukrainian troops and the enemy forces. Starting midnight until 02:00, a group of militants tried unsuccessfully to approach our positions in the area of Novotoshkivske. Unfortunately, a Ukrainian defender was killed in action," the report said.

In general, ATO forces returned fire 15 times over the past day.

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