: Ukrainian army suffers more casualties as militants fire heavy weapons

14:50 May. 22, 2016

Ukrainian army suffers more casualties as militants fire heavy weapons

Ukrainian military servicemen control their position outside Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, April 16, 2016 (AP photo)

Russian-backed separatist forces fire more than 70 banned 122-mm artillery shells 

One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another one wounded in the Donbas conflict zone in the last 24 hours.

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According to the presidential administration spokesman for the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Oleksandr Motuzianyk, the casualties were reported in the town of Avdiivka that suffered heavy shelling.

The outskirts of Avdiivka remain the hottest point of fighting along the contact line.

Several of more than 70 shells fired overnight to the positions of Ukrainian military, hit residential areas of the town and set some houses on fire. One local woman suffered shrapnel wounds.

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