Donbas conflict: mortar attacks reported near Donetsk and Mariupol

Source : 112 Ukraine

In total, 18 attacks took place over the day
21:30, 4 March 2016

Most of the firefights on March 4 took place in the vicinities of Donetsk. Pro-Russia militants used 82 mm mortars that are banned by Minsk agreements, ATO Press Centre reported.

In particular, they attacked Ukrainian outposts near Shyrokyne, Avdiivka, Opytne, Krasnohorivka and Butivka coal mine.  An AA gun was used during the attack near Opytne and Krasnohorivka. Enemy snipers opened fire at government troops’ positions near Shyrokyne, Opytne and Pisky.  

RPGs, heavy machineguns and small arms were fired near Maryinka, Avdiivka and Pisky.

Previously on March 4, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Olexandr Turchynov said that currently, there are about eight thousand Russian regular troops stationed in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Russia, however, has been denying any involvement in the conflict since it began in April 2014.

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