Since evening of March 15, pro-Russia militants stepped up combat activity, ATO Press Centre reported. “Russian mercenaries used 120 and 82 mm mortars; about a hundred mines hit Ukrainian positions”, reads the message.
Ukrainian army emplacements near Avdiivka, Donetsk region, were fired at from heavy machineguns, grenade launchers and small arms. An enemy IFV attacked Novhorodske and Luhanske. Shyrokyne village, near the government-held city of Mariupol, Donetsk region, took fire, too.
Near Avdiivka, Novhorodske, Nevelske and Opytne (all in Donetsk region), militants opened fire from 82 mm mortars, AA guns, RPGs and heavy machineguns to provoke the Ukrainian troops to return fire.
After the midnight, the attacks ceased.