Militants resume use of BM-21 Grad at JFO zone, - Ukraine's Defense Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

The cases of the use of the heavy weaponry by the militants were spotted at the Luhansk direction
16:46, 17 August 2018

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During the last 24 hours, on August 16, the pro-Russian militants continued the shelling of the Ukrainian positions in the zone of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO), including the use of the BM-21 Grad. Dmytry Hutsulyak, the spokesperson of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine claimed this as reported.

It is reported that the militants held 12 provocation attacks of the JFO positions at the Luhansk direction. At this direction, the heavy weaponry was used most frequently. Particularly, in the night, after 1:00 a.m., the militants shelled the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Svitlodarsk from the BM-21 Grad and 120-mm mortar launchers during one hour.

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Moreover, they attacked the defenders of Luhanske, Krymsky and Novhorodske, using the 82-mm mortar launchers, weapons of the infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Also, the grenade launchers and other infantry arms were used near Novozvanivka.

At the Donetsk direction, the militants shelled the JFO detachments 18 times. The use of the heavy weapons was not spotted there, however, the prolonged attacks from the grenade launchers of different modifications and small arms were spotted.

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The similar provocation attacks were held by the militants near Lebedynske, Novotroitske, Krasnohorivka, Mariinka, Hnutove, Shyrokyne, Pavlopol and Vodyane. The Ukrainian soldiers were forces to open the fire in the response a few times.

No casualties were reported.

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As we reported militants violated the truce 6 times in Donbas conflict zone on August 16, shelling Ukrainian positions from infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), grenade launchers and mortars.

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