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Donbas war: Ten Ukrainian soldiers injured

Over the past 24 hours, on January 16 the militants used banned weapons
15:23, 17 January 2019

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As of January 17, over the past 24 hours, the Russian occupants attacked the Ukrainian positions in Donbas combat zone 11 times. Ten Ukrainian soldiers got injured as a result, as Dmytro Hutsulyak, Ukraine’s Defence Ministry Spokesperson, said at the briefing.

The occupants performed three adjusted fires in Luhansk sector.

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As around 10:30 am, militants opened fire from anti-tank missile systems at the Armed Forces positions near Troitske. A truck was damaged during these shootings, therefore, five Ukrainian servicemen sustained injuries of varying degrees of severity. Five more were traumatized (injured eardrums).

The militants were firing from grenade launchers near Pivdenne since 12:40 pm for half an hour, near Krymske – since 8:35 pm.

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In Luhansk sector, Russian troops opened fire eight times.

Mostly the occupants were shooting at our positions near Avdiivka, Pisky, Marinka, Krasnohorivka and Nevelske. Occupants attacked Chermalyk from grenade launchers. Armed Forces of Ukraine recorded five explosions of enemy’s 82 mm shells near Novoselivka.

Today, on January 17 the occupants shot at the Ukrainian positions three times. All the attacks were performed near Pisky from 7:30 am till 8:30 am. The militant used heavy machine guns and small arms.

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According to the Ukrainian intelligence, Russian command wants to launch a campaign to call population for military service in the occupants’ ranks. They also want to call people who have experience in combat actions. Occupation authorities might make them sign the “registry documents”, which limit the possibility to leave the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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