Ukraine under attack: Battles rage on in volatile Donbas warzone

13:28 Nov. 26, 2016

Battles rage on in volatile Donbas warzone

A Ukrainian fires a weapon at a military training ground outside the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo)

Dozens of attacks with several wounded - results of the past day of fighting in eastern Ukraine 

The Russian-backed separatist forces continue to violate the ceasefire, firing on Ukrainian troops 37 times in the past 24 hours, according to Kyiv.

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In their attack on Mariupol, the militants used 152-caliber artillery to shell Shyrokyne, and mortars and APC to target several other villages and towns in the area.

Government-controlled Avdiivka, a traditional hot spot on the conflict zone map, was hit with 122-mm artillery.

The combatants also targeted several locations in the Luhansk region, using 120-mm artillery to shell the positions of the government forces.

Read also: Record number of ceasefire violations in Donbas since 2014 - OSCE

As a result of the clashes, five Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded overnight, Ukraine's Defense Ministry spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

In accordance with the Minsk agreements, withdrawal of troops is planned for today in Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk region. 

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