Ukraine reports 44 enemy attacks, 2 KIAs, 4 WIAs in last day

09:25, 18 October 2017
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Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 44 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and four troops wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

Defense Ministry of Ukraine

In the evening hours of Tuesday, militants had been firing grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka, Butivka coal mine, and the villages of Novoselivka Druha, Troyitske and Maiorsk.

The enemy also engaged the Ukrainian forces from small arms several times near the villages of Pisky and Kamianka. At about 18:00 Kyiv time, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in a mortar shelling outside the village of Zaitseve.

Read alsoUkraine reports 1 KIA amid 19 militant attacks in Donbas on Oct 17"In the Mariupol sector, the outskirts of the town of Maryinka remain a hot spot. In the evening, the occupiers opened fire on the Ukrainian fortified positions there, using 82mm mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers, and small arms. The Ukrainian defenders fired back. Unfortunately, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in that fighting.

At the end of the day, Russian-backed mercenaries used 120mm mortars against the Ukrainian army near the village of Hnutove, as well as 82mm mortars near the village of Lebedynske. In addition, two Ukrainian soldiers were injured Tuesday evening after they stepped on an IED," the report says.

There were fewer militant attacks in the Luhansk sector. However, near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka, militants used 82mm mortars and infantry fighting vehicles. Furthermore, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Krymske and the town of Popasna came under fire from small arms.

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