Donbas militants intensify attacks, Ukraine’s forces return fire: ATO report

09:50, 22 September 2017
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The end of the last day in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation was marked with an increase in the number of shellings of Ukrainian positions by Russian-occupation forces, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters reports.


While the enemy adhered to the ceasefire in the daytime, after 18:00 the enemy resorted to armed provocations in the Primorsk and Donetsk directions.

"In the evening hours and overnight, militants fired four times from various types of grenade launchers, machine guns and small arms at our fortified positions near Avdiyivka’s industrial zone. Ukrainian defenders strongly repulsed [the attacks]. In addition, the enemy used IFV-installed weapons near Novoselivka (Druha) and Maiorsk," the report said.

Read alsoPoroshenko says U.S. supports deployment of UN peacekeepers in DonbasIn the Primorsk direction, the invaders fired large-caliber machine guns twice outside Vodiane, and anti-tank grenade launchers – on the outskirts of Hnutove. Also, at the end of the day, Ukraine’s strongholds near Pavlopil also came under enemy fire.

In the Luhansk direction, Russian mercenaries launched six mines from an 82mm mortar and used an automatic grenade launcher and a machine gun on the outskirts Krymske.

Read alsoUkraine says 1 WIA amid 19 enemy attacks in past day, reports provocation against civilians near MaiorskIn general, over the past day, illegal armed groups violated the truce 16 times. In 12 cases, the ATO forces returned fire given a direct threat to the lives of Ukraine soldiers.

No casualties were reported among the Ukrainian military.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) stated that over a day it recorded more than 70 explosions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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