Donbas: Shelling increased in Donetsk direction, - ATO press center

Militants shelled Ukrainian positions 42 times over the previous 24 hours
08:56, 18 March 2016

Over the previous 24 hours pro-Russian illegal armed groups attacked ATO positions 42 times, informed ATO press center on Facebook.

“Lowering their military activity near Avdiivka and Donetsk airport, terrorists increased the number of attacks near other locations along the contact line beginning with 5 p.m.”, - the press center informed.

42 attacks have been reported over the previous 24 hours: 27 – in Donetsk direction and 15 – in Mariupol direction.

Ukrainian positions near Luhansk were shelled from 82 mm mortars, BMP, anti-aircraft missile, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns.

ATO strongholds near Zaitseve were shelled from 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, later – from heavy machine guns and small arms.

Near Mayorsk militants attacked from grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

In Mariupol direction, pro-Russian forces shelled ATO positions in Novotroitske from 120 mm mortars, BMP, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Shyrokyne and Vodyane were shelled from mortars, grenade launchers and small arms.

Near Maryinka attacked from small arms were reported.

Shellign reduced after midnight.

Related: Donbas: Ceasefire observed around Donetsk airport due to visit of OSCE mission

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