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One Ukrainian serviceman dies in Donbas

Over the past 24 hours, the enemy launched eleven attacks on Ukrainian positions
23:58, 12 June 2018

112 Agency

The Ukrainian military took casualties on Tuesday, as the Russian mercenaries continued to attack the emplacements of government forces. This is mentioned in the Facebook post by the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation.

The enemy's casualties are being specified.

Hostile troops opened fire 11 times; in four cases, they used Minsk-banned mortars. 82 and 120 mm mines hit Novotoshkivske, Novotroitske, and Vodyane. Smal arms and RPGs were used in the attacks on Mariinka, Troitske, Hnutove, and Vodyane. A sniper opened fire in the vicinities of Lomakyno, not far from Mariupol, Donetsk region.

Earlier, 112 International reported that the militants have received the permission to shoot positions of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation from small arms without the consent of units’ commanders. The spokesman of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry press center, Colonel Maksym Prauta said this to 112.ua at the briefing.

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"According to the intelligence of Ukraine, the commandment of Russian-occupants lifted restrictions on the use of small arms by the personnel of leading units. In particular, Russian militants stationed at combat posts got the permission to shell the Joint Forces positions without the consent of the commanders of the units," he said.

The spokesman of the ministry stressed that this way, the enemy created additional conditions for provoking the fire in response to escalate the situation along the delimitation line.

"At the same time, the occupants increased the number of professional cameramen groups that record the so-called violation of cease-fire regime by Ukraine in order to prepare propaganda materials and spread them in the media controlled by Russia and occupation authorities," he concluded.

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