Escalation mounts in Donbas as 4 Ukraine troops wounded in one day
Ukrainian military officials report four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action over the past day amid the increased number and intensity of militant shellings from mortars and tanks of fortified positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Russian-terrorist forces in the past 24 hours fired 31 times at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In response, Ukrainian troops 22 times suppressed enemy fire, employing weapons not banned by Minsk agreements.
In the past day, the enemy fired multiple rounds of 120mm and 82mm mortar shells and also various types of infantry weapons along defense fortifications of the Armed Forces outside Luhanske, Troitske, Novo-oleksandrivka, Krymske and Triokhizbenka. Near these settlements, the enemy launched more than 110 mortar shells of various types and calibers.
Near Maiske and Novoluhanske, in the afternoon hours, the militants also violated the truce by firing from grenade launchers and machine guns.
In Donetsk direction, the enemy fire was intense throughout the day on the approaches to Hnutovo where weapons proscribed by Minsk agreements. In particular, the invaders used mortars of various calibers, and in the evening hours, they engaged the Ukrainian forces from a tank.
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In other sectors of the Ukrainian defenses, militants fired grenade launchers and small arms outside Kamenka, Starohnativka and Hranitne.
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