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Militants shell 52 times in Donbas, five Ukrainian soldiers injured
08:00, 18 May 2017
Militants shell 52 times in Donbas, five Ukrainian soldiers injured

The number of armed provocations by illegal groups per day has relatively increased

08:00, 18 May 2017

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Militants shelled Ukrainian Armed Forces positions in ATO area 52 times. Five Ukrainian soldiers got injured due to the hostilities. This was reported by the press center of the ATO headquarters in Facebook.

In Prymorske area Russian occupation forces shelled 20 times. The situation remains tense in areas near Syrokyne, Pavlopil, Krasnohorivka and Mariinka villages. Ukrainian Armed Forces positions got attacked in Vodyane, Hnutove, Lebedynske, Bohdanivka, Novotroitske and Chermalyk. In particular, militants shelled Ukrainian positions in Pavlopil from 120 mm mortars, forbidden by Minsk agreements.

Militants here continuously shelled ATO positions in Shyrokyne. Mostly they used small arms. Near Hnutove they fired from automatic grenade launchers. And on the demarcation line close to the temporarily occupied Donetsk, the enemy fired at the Ukrainian positions from the grenade launchers of various systems and large-caliber machine guns near Krasnohorivka and Novomykhailivka.

In Donetsk area situation is still difficult in Avdiivka. Its area and some Ukrainian positions to the south were shelled by militants from 120 mm mortars and tank equipment. In Kodem area, the enemy used 122 mm artillery systems.

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In Luhansk area, the enemy shelled 13 times during the 24 hours. Militants shelled ATO positions in Krymske from 120 and 82 mm mortars. In the evening, Russia-backed occupation forces used 82 mm mortars in Novooleksandrivka. They hit Novozvanivka from automatic grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Militants also shelled in Troitske and Lobacheve villages.

Earlier 30 attacks were reported in Donbas, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Militants continue to violate Minsk agreement.

Related: Consequences of morning shelling in Avdiivka, - photo

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