Escalation in Donbas: Escalation in Donbas: Russian proxies use tanks and multiple launch rocket systems

11:16 Feb. 4, 2016

Escalation in Donbas: Russian proxies use tanks and multiple launch rocket systems

A rocket is fired from the "Grad" Missile system (UNIAN Photo)

Russian-backed forces in Donbas attack with heavy weaponry on all directions, including shelling objects far away from frontline, Ukraine lost 1 soldier killed and 9 wounded

Situation on the Donbas frontline got even worse, presidential administration's speaker Col. Andriy Lysenko reported today. Russian proxies intensified using mortars and artillery, including firing Ukrainian hinterland. By the information of Ukrainian military, militants fired more than 690 mortar mines and 250 artillery shells on all directions.

The most active usage of heavy weapons was noted in the Donetsk area, where Russian mercenaries attacked with tanks as a day before. There was no any peaceful sector of the front on this direction during a past day. Ukrainian positions on the frontline suffered 46 enemy attacks, which is 9 more than the previous day. Also militants shelled village Keramik at 13 kilometers from the frontline.

Also Russian militants opened fire with multiple launch rocket systems "Grad" at the Mariupol direction – for the second time this summer. Here Ukrainian forces faced 20 attacks, half of them with heavy weapons.

Read also 450 attacks per week in Donbas: Photos of Russian rockets unveiled

In Luhansk directions number of enemy attacks has doubled. Here militants made 25 attacks on settlements and along strategic ‘Bachmutka' road and near Bahmutskiy Popasna recorded work of enemy snipers.

According to Ukrainian military intelligence last night pro-Russian forces deliberately shelled outskirts of Donetsk and town of Yasynuvata - both controlled by them. Prior to this action local puppet administration shared panic and urged inhabitants to leave homes, after what apartments were looted by militants.

Yesterday in Donbas Ukrainian fighters noted 3 flights of Russian UAVs.

During the last day one Ukrainian soldier got killed, nine were injured, two more suffered the concussion. According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian proxies lost 6 mercenaries killed and 13 wounded.

Earlier today Ukrainian observers reported, that Russian proxies were "turning over the soil" in Avdiyivka with 400 shells.

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