Ukraine under attack: Violence spikes in Donbas conflict zone

10:07 Nov. 19, 2016

Violence spikes in Donbas conflict zone

Ukrainian servicemen fire a 203-mm self-propelled gun 'Pion' during a military exercise on the Devichki shooting range, about 85 km of capital Kyiv, Ukraine, 21 October 2016 (GettyImages Photo)

Mariupol sector and Avdiivka are still the hot spots

The Russian-backed separatist forces attacked the positions of Ukrainian soldiers 46 times in the past 24 hours, according to a report, published on the official Facebook page of the Anti-Terrorist operation.

Read also: Offence against Shyrokyne, Hnutove and Troitske with 122mm artillery

The Mariupol sector, which has been a hot spot for weeks, saw intense shooting again, with militants using the 152-mm artillery to shell the government forces in villages, surrounding the city.

Armored personnel carriers and a tank were active near the former sea resort village of Shyrokyne, devastated by the military clashes.

In the Donetsk sector, the combatants used mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns to attack Ukraine's servicemen in Avdiivka.

Read also: Largest violations in 2016 seen in Donbas - OSCE

The situation was difficult in the Luhansk region as well, with artillery and assault weapons being used.

A sniper targeted the government forces in Stanytsia Luhanska, a key area where the withdrawal of troops is planned, but still hasn't happened due to ceasefire violations, Kyiv says. 

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