Ukraine under attack: Fierce attacks rock Avdiivka and areas near Mariupol

11:08 Oct. 29, 2016

Fierce attacks rock Avdiivka and areas near Mariupol

A chemistry factory of the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region controlled by Ukrainian forces, seen during shelling by pro-Russian separatists on July 22, 2015. (GettyImages Photo)

55 attacks overnight, Ukraine said

Last night government-held Avdiivka, 20 kilometers north of Donetsk, was rocked by heavy shelling that started around midnight.

The information about the attacks was confirmed by locals in the town and neighboring Donetsk and Makiivka, as well as volunteers, according to the Ukrainian office of RFE/RL.

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The people said the artillery targeted Avdiivka and the surrounding villages, in addition to the area of the Donetsk airport.

Witnesses pointed out the shelling came from the territories held by the Russian-backed separatist forces, namely Yasynuvata and Makiivka. The locals said the shelling was the heaviest as of late.

In the morning Ukrainian military reported of 10 attacks on the positions of the government forces in the Donetsk sector, which includes Avdiivka.

‘In the areas of Avdiivka and Troitske Ukrainian forces were shelled with 122-mm and 82-mm artillery, grenade launchers, infantry vehicles and assault rifles', the report said.

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According to the statistics, the situation near Mariupol was just as intense, if not worse. Ukraine registered 28 attacks in the area overnight.

The hotspots once again turned out to be Shyrokyne, Vodyane, Pavlopil and other villages. High-caliber artillery was active there, as well as in the Luhansk region, where the militants opened fire 17 times, including the attacks on Stanytsia Luhanska, where the withdrawal of troops still hasn't started.

Overall the combatants targeted Ukrainian soldiers 55 times in the past 24 hours. 

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