Donbas militants actively shell Avdiyivka industrial zone, 1 KIA, 1 WIA in last day

09:25, 22 August 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 30 times in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as killed in action (KIA) and one as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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The situation remains most tense in the Donetsk sector.

"Starting last evening and almost until midnight, Russian-backed militants were shelling our fortified positions near the Avdiyivka industrial zone from various directions, using mortars, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns and small arms. In response, our fighters actively fired back. One of our servicemen was killed as a result of the confrontation. In addition, in the evening, the occupiers opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles and grenade launchers three times near the village of Zaitseve. Furthermore, the enemy launched at least 46 mines of various calibers on Butivka coal mine within two hours," the report says.

Read alsoEscalation in Donbas: 47 attacks on Ukraine troops, 5 WIA in last dayIn turn, in the Luhansk sector, the invaders used 120mm mortars near the villages of Krymske and Novotoshkivske. The Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Stanytsia Luhanska also came under enemy shelling from heavy machine guns.

In the Mariupol sector, the Russian occupation forces fired 82mm mortars twice on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Vodiane, as well as once near the village of Shyrokyne.

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