Ukraine reports 19 instances of Donbas ceasefire violation in last day

10:15, 31 August 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 19 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

Photo from Ukraine's Defense Ministry

"The enemy continued individual provocations by shelling our positions near several populated localities along the contact line," the report says.

The Donetsk sector saw most of escalation, the press service said. After 18:00 Kyiv time, the militants fired grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions in Avdiyivka's industrial zone and near Butivka coal mine. In addition, they used small arms and heavy machine guns near the villages of Zaitseve and Kamianka.

Read alsoUkraine Def. Ministry: Donbas militants continue drills, aerial reconnaissanceIn the Mariupol sector, the enemy's activity was recorded only near the village of Vodiane, where the Ukrainian fortified positions came under fire from a heavy machine gun three times.

It was relatively quiet in the Luhansk sector throughout the day.

"In most cases, the attacks did not last long and were explicitly provocative. There were no casualties among our defenders," the ATO HQ said in conclusion.

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