Ukraine Under Attack: Eight Ukrainian soldiers severely wounded in Donbas conflict zone

14:46 Aug. 23, 2016

Eight Ukrainian soldiers severely wounded in Donbas conflict zone

Ukrainian soldiers guard a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine (Getty Images)

Russian proxies repeatedly use artillery of high caliber weapons banned by Minsk peace deal

No Ukrainian servicemen were killed, but eight suffered injuries in the eastern Ukraine's conflict zone, Ukrainian presidential administration representative Andriy Lysenko reported on Tuesday.

According to Lysenko, the situation deteriorated in the Luhansk sector, where, after a relative lull, the combined Russian-backed forces attacked Ukrainian positions using all the possible arsenal of weapons – small arms, sniper rifles, grenade launchers, infantry combat vehicles and mortars.

Read also Ukraine reports 54 attacks in Donbas in past 24 hours

The village of Trypillya, located in Ukraine's war zone some 15 km from the frontlines, has also come under fire. Militants fired six shots from a 152mm artillery gun there.

Avdiivka industrial zone remains the hottest point of the armed hostilities in the Donetsk sector, where the militants fired 40 122-mm shells on the Ukrainian army positions in just a half of an hour.

In total, one firefight and 22 enemy attacks were recorded in the Donetsk sector, including 14 cases when the banned heavy weapons were used.

In the Mariupol sector, Russia's hybrid military force fired 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions in the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka. They also repeatedly fired 82mm mortars and grenade launchers on the defenders of the village of Shyrokyne.

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