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Donbas conflict: Militants shell Ukrainian positions 18 times
08:05, 27 June 2017
Donbas conflict: Militants shell Ukrainian positions 18 times

Situation in ATO area remains tense

08:05, 27 June 2017

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Militants shell Ukrainian positions 18 times during the past 24 hours in Donbas. It was reported by the ATO headquarters press center in Facebook.

“Situation in ATO area remains tense. As for results of the third day of the so-called "bread truce", we can conclude that armed gangs controlled by Russia are not ready for a peaceful de-escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. During the past 24 hours, the occupiers opened fire at Ukrainian defenders 18 times. Militants shelled from mortars. As usual, the majority of hostile armed provocations were at nighttime. Most actively militants breached the ceasefire in Luhansk and Donetsk areas. The least number of violations, only 2, was recorded in Primorske area,” the message says.

In Prymorske area illegal pro-Russian forces were actively shelling after the nightfall. Around 21:00 the occupants shelled from 82 mm mortars and heavy machine guns in Vodyane. Later, the enemy shelled ATO positions near Pavlopil from small arms.

In Donetsk area the militants shelled 7 times. Almost all the attacks were near Kamianka and Avdiivka. During the day the militants shelled Ukrainian positions in Luhanske of Svitlodarsk bulge from grenade launchers. In the evening, the enemy shelled Kamianka positions from 120 and 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers and small arms. In Avdiivka they repeatedly used 82 mm mortars and infantry weaponry.

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In Luhansk area militants violated the ceasefire regime 9 times. At the beginning of the day, they hit Ukrainian positions in Zhovte with several 82 mm mines. At the daybreak enemy snipers shelled Ukraiian defenders of Popasna and Novotoshkivske.  In the evening the enemy first shelled from automatic grenade launchers in Novotoshkivske. In Shchastya they used 82 mm mortars. Near Krymske pro-Russian forces used forbidden 120 mm mortar caliber. Our positions near Novooleksandrivka were shelled from grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Near Novozvanivka the enemy shelled from small arms.

There were no losses among Ukrainian soldiers.

As it was reported earlier militants violated ceasefire regime in Luhansk and Donetsk areas. 5 attacks were reported over the past day. Operative situation in Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Eastern Ukraine has not changed a lot. Russia-backed occupation forces continue to violate ceasefire agreement. However, armed provocations were only recorded in Luhansk and Donetsk directions.

Related: Two soldiers wounded in ATO zone over past day, another killed in explosion, — Defense Ministry

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