Donbas militants violate truce 23 times in past day, Ukraine army responds to every 2nd shelling

09:25, 20 September 2017
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Over the past day, militants violated ceasefire 23 times across the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters.

Defense Ministry of Ukraine

In the Donetsk direction, the situation was most tense in the area of the so-called “promzona”, the strategically important industrial zone in Avdiyivka’s outskirts, the ATO HQ wrote on Facebook.

Here, the positions of the Ukrainian troops three times came under fire from various types of grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms.

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On the Luhansk line, strong points on the outskirts of Stanytsia Luhanska were shelled from grenade launchers, and those near Novozvanivka - mortared.

In the Prymorsk direction, the invaders fired three times from large-caliber machine guns at the defenders of Vodiane.

Read alsoKremlin reacts to U.S. Senate’s move to approve lethal aid to Ukraine"In general, over the past day, illegal armed groups violated the ceasefire 23 times, while the Ukrainian forces returned fire almost every second time, using weapons not banned by Minsk agreements. No combat losses have been reported among the Ukrainian military," the ATO HQ wrote.

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