Escalation in Donbas: 31 attacks on Ukraine troops, 8 WIA's in last day

10:16, 15 August 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 31 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.


The shelling of the Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka almost does not stop for several days in a row.

Yesterday, from 18:00 until midnight, the Russian occupation forces continuously shelled the Ukrainian fortified positions near the Avdiyivka industrial zone. In addition to the use of grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, the militants launched at least 10 mines of a 120mm caliber and 19 mines of an 82mm caliber.

The ATO forces fired back at every enemy attack.

Read alsoPGO report: Russian invasion major cause of Ilovaisk tragedyIn the Donetsk sector, the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Kamianka and Luhanske came under fire at the end of the day. As a result of mortar shelling of the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Verkhniotoretske, five soldiers were injured.

In the Mariupol sector, the militants were active near the town of Maryinka. Here, they used mortars of various calibers twice. Furthermore, another Ukrainian soldier was wounded as a result of grenade launcher shelling of a fortified position near the village of Vodiane.

"It should be added that despite the growing stepping-up of the illegal armed groups and the use of heavy weapons, the Armed Forces of Ukraine strictly adhere to the Minsk agreements," the ATO HQ said.

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