War in Donbas: Ukrainian troops repel militant attack in Luhansk region - ATO HQ

12:57 Sep. 20, 2016

Ukrainian troops repel militant attack in Luhansk region - ATO HQ

Ukrainian troopers in fortified positions near Avdiyivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, 2016 (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov / Facebook)

Russian proxies commence attack to recon Ukrainian defense, ATO HQ say

Russian-controlled forces in Donbas made 22 violations of the ceasefire per day, Ukrainian Anti-terrorist Operation HQ reports. In one episode near the village of Novozvanivka in Luhansk region Ukrainian soldiers had to open fire to repel the attack of militant reconnaissance group.

The details of the clash were revealed by the LIGA.net referring to ATO HQ speaker Ivan Arefiev.

"Reconnaissance group of Russian mercenaries of three persons closed to the Ukrainian military positions near Novozvanivka from the occupied village Kalynove. The group came close to our positions, opened provocative fire, ATO fighters were forced to return fire, creating a combat clash," Arefiev specified.

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According to his data, militants were forced to retreat, the fighting only lasted a few minutes, from 17:50 to 17:57 Kyiv time. At least one of the attackers was wounded, Arefiev said, stressing that this is the way militants were scouting Ukrainian position.

Yuriy Klymenko of Luhansk Regional State Administration said LІGA.net that militants made three fire raids only on Novozvanivka using grenade launchers and small arms. ATO HQ in turn recorded four violations of "regime of silence" in all Lugansk area. 18 attacks from Russian proxies commenced in Donetsk region, one of them – using medium mortars. This shelling took place in Avdiyivka industrial zone, which is ‘the hot spot' of the frontline for the last few months.

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Also ATO HQ noted that Russian proxies are strengthening their first echelon units, improving the system of fortification, bringing new equipment to defensive lines and positions.

Yesterday ATO HQ reported that Ukrainian troops were attacked 18 times, miitant sniper groups reported. 

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