Escalation in Donbas: 36 attacks on Ukraine troops, 2 KIAs, 2 WIAs in last day

11:25, 17 October 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 36 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another two as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

Defense Ministry of Ukraine

"In the evening hours, militants had been shelling our positions near Butivka coal mine twice for several hours, using grenade launchers and machine guns. The Ukrainian soldiers fired back. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in that fighting. And at about 18:00 Kyiv time, one our defender was killed as a result of an enemy attack near the village of Kamianka. In addition, one Ukrainian soldier was killed near the village of Nevelske yesterday while stepping on an unknown explosive device," the report says.

In the Mariupol sector, the Russian-backed mercenaries used grenade launchers and machine guns three times, as well as 82mm mortars once against the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Vodiane. At about18:00 Kyiv time, they used a 120mm mortar near the village of Pavlopil. Another soldier was wounded during this shelling. Moreover, the enemy opened fire from infantry fighting vehicles on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novotroyitske at midnight.

Read alsoUkraine says 2 wounded in ATO zone in past 24 hoursIn the Luhansk sector, the invaders used small arms near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka and the town of Popasna, as well as anti-tank grenade launchers and machine guns near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Valuiske.

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