Escalation in Donbas: 17 attacks on Ukraine troops, 2 KIA's, 3 WIA's in last day
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 17 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another three as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
"At the end of the past day, the situation in the Donbas conflict zone again escalated. In the second half of the day, the Russian occupation forces intensified provocative attacks almost along the entire demarcation line," the report says.
In the Mariupol sector, the militants opened fire from 82mm mortars and cannons of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) on the defenders of the village of Hnutove. The occupiers also used IFVs near the villages of Mykolaivka, Vodiane and Berezove. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded as a result of grenade launcher shelling of a Ukrainian fortified position near the village of Novotroyitske.
Read alsoRussian proxies shell Ukraine positions 13 times in last day, use banned armsIn the Luhansk sector, the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novotoshkivske came under fire from mortars. After 18:00 Kyiv time, the enemy continued shelling the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Krymske. At first, the Russian-backed mercenaries used heavy machine guns and 82mm mortars. Closer to midnight, the enemy lobbed ten 120mm shells, killing two Ukrainian soldiers and wounding another two.
In addition, the invaders resorted to using an anti-tank grenade launcher against Ukrainian troops deployed near Butivka coal mine outside the militant-occupied city of Donetsk.
The ATO forces fired back 12 times to suppress the enemy's activity, using infantry weapons alone.