Escalation in Donbas: Ukraine reports 5 WIA's amid 35 militant attacks in last day

12:03, 09 September 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 35 times in the past 24 hours, with five Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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In the evening, the militants opened fire twice on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Pisky, which is in the Donetsk sector. For nearly two hours of shelling, the enemy launched over 20 mines of various calibers. The Russian-backed mercenaries also used grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and infantry fighting vehicles.

Read alsoUkraine reports 25 enemy attacks, 1 KIA in last dayIn addition, the Ukrainian fortified positions in the Avdiyivka industrial zone and at Butivka coal mine came under grenade launcher fire several times at the end of the day. At about 18:00 Kyiv time, one Ukrainian soldier was wounded as a result of the militant shelling from infantry fighting vehicles and anti-aircraft guns near the village of Semyhiria.

In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers fired 82mm mortars near the town of Maryinka. They also opened fire from grenade launchers near the village of Starohnativka. Small arms and heavy machine guns of the enemy were used against the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Lebedynske and Talakivka. And at about 22:00 Kyiv time, another Ukrainian soldier was wounded as a result of a grenade launcher shelling of the Ukrainian positions near the village of Vodiane.

In the Luhansk sector, the Russian occupation forces used grenade launchers twice near the village of Krymske and once near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska.

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