No de-escalation in Donbas amid 13 attacks on Ukraine troops on Sept 25

09:28, 26 September 2017
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The situation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, September 25, remained tense amid 13 attacks on Ukrainian troops but it was under control of Ukraine's army, according to the press center of the ATO Headquarters.

Photo from Ukraine's Defense Ministry

"After 18:00 local time, Russian-backed militants started shelling the Ukrainian positions in the Mariupol and Donetsk sectors more actively," the ATO HQ said.

In particular, the enemy opened fire from a large-caliber machine gun on the outskirts of the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Mayorsk in the evening. What is more, Ukrainian strongholds near the village of Zhovanka and Butivka coal mine came under grenade fire.

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"Continuing cynically violating the peace agreements and showing a disregard for civilians in the region, the militants fired 82mm mortar shells at residential houses in the town of Maryinka. Fortunately, there were no victims among the locals," the ATO HQ said.

Ukrainian soldiers had to fire back 11 times. There is no loss among the Ukrainian defenders.

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