Ukraine under attack: Donbas seeing escalation ahead of Minsk meeting
News10:57 Nov. 1, 2016

Donbas seeing escalation ahead of Minsk meeting

36 attacks registered in conflict region, according to Kyiv 

The Russian-backed separatist forces have been escalating the fighting in the conflict region in eastern Ukraine, shelling the government forces dozens of times every day.

Ukrainian officials say the militants have been increasing their attacks to put more pressure on Kyiv ahead of the next meeting in Minsk, scheduled to take place on November 9.

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‘The combatants are intensifying the combat, using sabotage groups to increase psychological pressure on Ukraine, because at the latest Normandy session Russia was forced to make certain concessions', Ukraine's military representative Vladyslav Voloshyn said in an interview with local news outlet Espreso.

According to the daily report, the Russian-backed militants violated the ceasefire 36 times in the past 24 hours.

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They targeted the positions of the Ukrainian forces 17 times near Mariupol, using high-caliber artillery and grenade launchers.

Another 10 attacks took place near Donetsk, and 9 times – in the Luhansk region.

122-mm, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars were used to shell the government forces. 

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