21 September 2017
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Escalation in Donbas: Militants attack Ukraine 51 times in last day

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 51 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

"After 18:00 on Sunday, the Russian-backed mercenaries repeatedly fired grenade launchers and small arms on our positions near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Maiorsk and Verkhniotoretske, which are in the Donetsk sector. The outskirts of the village of Zaitseve and Pisky came under fire from infantry fighting vehicles. At about 21:00 Kyiv time, in addition to grenade launchers and small arms, the militants started firing an 82mm mortar near the village of Luhanske. The shelling lasted for almost one hour," the report says.

In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers shelled Ukrainian positions near the village of Shyrokyne twice, using mortars of various calibers. Moreover, the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Talakivka, Lebedynske and Pavlopil were attacked with grenade launchers.

In the Luhansk sector, the enemy fired grenade launchers twice near the village of Krymske in the evening and overnight, as well as an 82mm mortar on the village of Novotoshkivske.

"In some cases, when there was a direct threat to the life of the Ukrainian military, ATO troops were forced to return fire several times. No troops were killed or wounded in action over the past day," the ATO HQ said.

Tags: Ukraine, Donbas, ATO, hybridwar, escalation, RussianAggression

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