Escalation in Donbas: 32 attacks on Ukraine troops, 2 KIA's, 6 WIA's in last day

10:08, 20 December 2017

Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 32 times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as killed in action (KIA) and another six as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.


"The situation in the ATO zone in the evening was stable but tense. The Russian occupation forces continued to use proscribed mortars in different sections along the contact line," the ATO HQ said on Facebook on Wednesday morning.

Read alsoRussian proxies attack Ukraine 16 times in last dayIn the Luhansk sector, the illegal armed formations used 120mm mortars to attack the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Travneve and fired small arms near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska at night.

Meanwhile, the occupiers used 82mm mortars and grenade launchers against the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donetsk sector: near the villages of Novotroyitske and Lebedynske, and Butivka coal mine. Moreover, Ukrainian troops deployed on the outskirts of the village of Hnutove were attacked by infantry fighting vehicles; machine guns were also used. The enemy resorted to light infantry weapons to fire at Ukrainian positions near the villages of Verkhniotoretske and Starohnativka.

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