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Donbas conflict: Russian-backed militants try to break through Ukraine’s positions near Novotroitske
09:46, 26 May 2016
Donbas conflict: Russian-backed militants try to break through Ukraine’s positions near Novotroitske

At least 28 attacks from Russian-backed forces reported in east Ukraine

09:46, 26 May 2016

Reuters

Pro-Russian militants attacked positions of Ukrainian Armed Forces in east Ukraine 28 times over the past 24 hours, ATO (Anti-Terroristic Operation) press center informed.

Separatist-held Donetsk and Horlivka remain the hottest flashpoints in Donbas conflict.

Russian-backed forces attacked Ukrainian positions south from Avdiivka with grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and 82 mm mortars. Zaitseve and Maryinka were shelled from 82 mm mortars and small arms respectively.

A lot of military activities have been reported in Mariupol direction. Near Shyrokyne, militants attacked Ukrainian Armed Forces with heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.

Russian-backed forces suffered casualties trying to break through Ukraine’s defense near Novotritske using an anti-tank guided missile. Ukrainian military managed to repel the attack.

In Luhansk region, near Novozvanivka, militants shelled Ukrainian soldiers with heavy machine guns, anti-aircraft units and BMP.

Militants shelled Stanitsa Luhanska with grenade launchers.

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