: Aggravation of Donbas Conflict: Militants fire heavy weapons in all directions

17:09 Jun. 23, 2016

Aggravation of Donbas Conflict: Militants fire heavy weapons in all directions

Ukrainian servicemen in the ATO zone, near the village of Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region (UNIAN photo)

One Ukrainian soldier killed and eleven injured overnight

The past day has showed a dramatic worsening of the situation in eastern Ukraine's combat zone.

Oleksandr Motuzianyk, Presidential Administration spokesman on ATO related issues, informs that one Ukrainian soldier was killed and 11 more were wounded in the past 24 hours.

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He compares the present shelling intensity to active fighting phase of August 2015.

"As the ATO headquarters estimate, yesterday over 300 mortar shells and more than 160 projectiles were fired at our positions. Enemy forces snipers are also active. We can surely state that fighting has reached the level of August 2015", the spokesperson claimed.

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According to Motuzianyk, separatist gang formations shelled the cities of Avdiyivka, Pervomaiske and Vodiane three times overnight.

The most difficult situation is in Donetsk direction, where Russian-backed separatists employ mortars and cannon artillery.

"In particular, militants used mortars in the city of Taramchuk and in the part of the front line Talakivka-Shyrokyne. Enemy snipers opened fire on Maryinka several times", Motuzianyk said.

Yesterday, the Ukrainian military also recorded 7 flights of enemy drones on the frontline.

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