11:27 Apr. 15, 2016
Russian-separatist forces intensify their attacks, shelling Ukraainian positions 104 times in the past 24 hours
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 104 times in the past 24 hours, which is 20% more than the previous days, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).
The invaders fired mortars of various calibers 21 times in the direction of the villages of Zaitseve, Opytne, Leninske, Stanytsia Luhanska, Novotroyitske, Butivka coal mine and the town of Avdiyivka.
"In addition to these types of weapons, the enemy used the rest of its arsenal 30 times on the Ukrainian defenders of the industrial zone," the headquarters said.
The militants also fired from infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms on the Ukrainian positions in the villages of Novotroyitske and Luhanske, as well as cannon artillery close to our positions in the village of Bohdanivka.
Source: Ukraine Crisis Media Center
"From the town of Dokuchaievsk, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired from infantry fighting vehicles, 120mm mortars and small arms on ATO forces in Novotroyitske. They tried to storm our positions there. However, the Ukrainian military returned fire and the enemy had to retreat," the press center said.
In general, the Ukrainian troops had to return fire 16 times in order to hold their positions.
Reporting by UNIAN