Ukraine’s death toll in Donbas rises as ATO HQ reports 4 KIAs in past day

10:40, 09 December 2017
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Over the past day, four Ukrainian military servicemen were killed and another one wounded amid 28 shellings by Russian hybrid forces on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as reported by the press center of the ATO Headquarters.

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"In cases where the enemy shellings were an immediate threat to the life and health of our soldiers, the ATO units responded with heavy fire from grenade launchers, machine guns, and small arms..." the report says.

In the Luhansk direction, militants fired more than 50 times on the Ukrainian positions near Travneve, using all types of infantry weapons available and 120-mm mortars. With the onset of twilight, the illegal armed formations moved their attack focus slightly to the north, to the area of Zolote checkpoint at the line of demarcation. It is scheduled to be opened on December 9 and operate while the pedestrian bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska.

In particular, militants fired from 82-mm mortars and grenade launchers at the approaches to Katerynivka, Novo-oleksandrivka, and Krymske, and from small arms and grenade launchers - on defensive fortifications near Zolote. Also the illegal armed groups fired their infantry guns at Ukrainian fighters near Luhansk and Zaitseve.

Read alsoOSCE monitors report 366 explosions in Donbas in last dayIn the Donetsk direction, the peak of the militants' fire intensity fell on the first half of the day. The militants opened heavy fire from mortars and the entire range of infantry weapons in the area of Vodne near the Azov Sea and in the suburbs of Avdiyivka. Outside Kamenka, the Ukrainian positions were actively fired upon by a militant sniper. As the night hours came, the defenders of Butivka mine came under fire from mortars, grenade launchers and small arms.

In addition, in the area of Vodiane, Avdiyivka, Mayske, Seversk, and Stanytsia Luhanska, enemy drones were spotted, proscribed by Minsk agreements.

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