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Donbas conflict escalates: one Ukrainian soldier killed, four injured
08:06, 17 August 2017
Donbas conflict escalates: one Ukrainian soldier killed, four injured

Militants violate ceasefire regime 35 times

08:06, 17 August 2017
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The situation in the area of Donbas conflict continues to escalate on Wednesday. Russian occupation groups start to more often use heavy weapons instead of grenade launchers and small arms. One Ukrainian soldier was killed, fourgot injured as a result of enemy attacks. This was reported by Ukraine's Army HQ in Facebook.

In Mariupol area militants shelled our positions near Starohnativka from mortars, grenade launchers and IFV from 18:00 and almost till midnight. In addition, during the confrontation, the enemy used a tank and released at least 16 artillery shells with a caliber of 152 mm. As a result of these attacks, one of our soldiers was wounded.

Related: Today in Donbas: militants fire 5 Grad shells

The situation was most tense in Avdiivka industrial zone. Illegal armed groups shelled Ukrainian defenders 5 times from mortars and grenade launchers here from 18:00. In response Ukrainian units fired at the enemy. Unfortunately, one of our soldiers was killed as a result of the hostilities.

In Donetsk area militants violating the truce during the work of International Committee of the Red Cross, shelled living blocks in Zaitseve. The fire started almost at once. Criminals also shelled Ukrainian soldiers who came to help the locals to extinguish the fire. Our fighters realizing that the enemy was deliberately provoking a confrontation did not open fire in response, because civilians live and representatives of the humanitarian organization work in the occupied part of the village.

In Luhansk area militants shelled our positions in Novooleksandrivka and Novozvanivka from grenade launchers.  

In total, Russian occupations forces shelled 35 times in the conflict area.

Related: 27 civilians died, 62 got injured in Donbas, - OSCE SMM

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