Ukraine under attack: Fighting rages on in eastern Ukraine

13:36 Oct. 12, 2016

Fighting rages on in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian soldier near damaged buildings in Shyrokyne, Donetsk Region, June 29, 2015 (GettyImages Photo)

Area near Mariupol seemingly becoming a new hotspot

The new day in eastern Ukraine still hasn't brought peace to the conflict region, despite all the agreements on ceasefire and truce.

On October 12 Kyiv reported of four wounded Ukrainian soldiers overnight, although, unlike the previous day, the country managed to avoid losses among its troops.

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Still, the situation in the area is far from stable, as the Russian-backed separatists launched 44 attacks on the positions of the government forces.

The most intense shooting once again took place in the vicinity of Mariupol as militants opened fire 34 times, using 122-mm and 120-mm artillery once again to attack the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodyane not far away from the industrial city.

A militant sniper was active in the Donetsk sector, where militants also used grenade launchers and machine guns. They shelled government-controlled Avdiivka, located north of Donetsk, with 122-mm artillery.

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The night wasn't calm in the Luhansk region either, with seven ceasefire violations, registered by Ukraine.

In the latest report the country's Defense Ministry said that Ukrainian soldiers were forced to open retaliatory fire several times. 

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