Ukraine under attack: Grad is back in conflict zone (update)

09:56 Oct. 22, 2016

Grad is back in conflict zone (update)

Grad artillery in the conflict zone (GettyImages Photo)

Militants used multiple rocket launcher to shell government forces, Kyiv says

Update: Three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in combat against the Russian-backed separatist forces in the past 24 hours. According to Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, the government forces took no losses in the fighting. 

Story: The Russian-backed separatist forces attacked the positions of Ukrainian soldiers 39 times overnight, using the Grad artillery for the first time in several months. This is according to the press-center of Ukraine's Anti-Terrorist operation.

Read also: Ukraine intelligence reports at least 22 militant Grad systems still on the frontline

The multiple rocket launcher was used to shell the government forces at Troitske village in the Luhansk region. In addition, the combatants mounted attacks with 122-mm artillery, violating the ceasefire in the region 12 times overall.

The Mariupol sector continues to be a hotspot, where intense shooting has been going on quite a while. 18 attacks were registered there in the past 24 hours, and high-caliber artillery was used again.

Read also: Militants attack ATO forces 40 times in last day, use Grad systems

Another 9 violations of the truce occurred in the Donetsk sector, where the militants attacked Ukrainian servicemen with mortars, machine guns, grenade launchers and infantry vehicles. A tank fired at the servicemen in Avdiivka. 

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