: 39 attacks registered in Donbas warzone, OSCE drone comes under fire

11:20 Jul. 27, 2016

39 attacks registered in Donbas warzone, OSCE drone comes under fire

OSCE monitors and Ukrainian servicemen in the Donbas conflict zone (GettyImages Photo)

Russian-backed forces continue to use weapons banned by Minsk 

The Russian-backed separatist forces attacked Ukrainian soldiers 39 times in the past 24 hours. The shooting mostly had taken place near Mariupol, where 22 attacks were registered, and Donetsk, Ukrainian military reported.  

The militants continued to use artillery systems, banned by the Minsk agreements. Last night they shelled the government forces with 120-mm mortars, which must have been withdrawn from the contact line.

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Ukraine-controlled Avdiivka near the separatist capital Donetsk remained to be the hotspot. The combatants used artillery, grenade launchers and high-caliber machine guns to attack the Ukraine's servicemen.

OSCE reported its drone "experienced a loss of signal" near Avdiivka and crashed. Later it was retrieved by the Ukrainian soldiers.

In the Luhansk region, where Kyiv said the situation was relatively stable, another OSCE drone came under fire twice.

"The SMM conducted a flight of its mini UAV on the southern edge of separatist-controlled Kalynove (58km west of Luhansk). The SMM heard four shots which it assessed as being fired from an assault rifle targeting the UAV", the message said.

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The observers managed to land the drone safely and relocated to Kadiivka, village, 50 kilometers west of Luhansk. After the mission launched the drone, it was shot at again.

"The SMM was able to retrieve the UAV, which did not sustain any damage. As the SMM was leaving the scene, it saw two armed men coming out of a wooded area", the observers said.

OSCE informed the Joint Center for control and coordination about the incidents and asked them to take measures.  

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