: Violent nights in Donbas warzone

10:38 Jul. 8, 2016

Violent nights in Donbas warzone

Ukrainian soldier fires machine gun during the fight with the pro-Russian separatists at the Avdiivka industrial zone (Promka) in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 25, 2016. (GettyImages Photo)

56 attacks were registered by Ukraine in last 24 hours

The Russian-backed separatist forces attacked the Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 56 times in the past 24 hours. 

The militants continued to use weapons, banned by the Minsk agreements, Ukraine military reported. 

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"In the Donetsk sector, 30 episodes of enemy shelling were reported. The occupiers fired 122mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Avdiyivka. They also fired 120mm mortars near Avdiyivka and the villages of Zaitseve, Luhanske and Novoselivka Druha," the report said. 

In the Mariupol sector, the enemy opened fire on the Ukrainian fortified positions 25 times.

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"In particular, from 120mm and 82mm mortars near the village of Talakivka, as well as near the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Shyrokyne, Starohnativka and Slavne. In the Donetsk region, the occupiers fired from rocket-propelled grenades, infantry combat vehicles, anti-aircraft guns and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian troops," Kyiv informed. 

In the Luhansk region the situation was relatively stable as only one enemy mortar attack was recorded near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. 

Reporting by UNIAN 

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