Conflict escalation in Donbas: Fallout of Donbas escalation: 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded in last day

16:34 Aug. 18, 2016

Fallout of Donbas escalation: 3 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 6 wounded in last day

Shelling of Ukrainian army positions in Donbas (Dmytro Muravsky photo)

Russian proxies are using the heavy artillery all over the frontline during day and night

Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action, another six were wounded in action on the frontline in Donbas in the past 24 hours, presidential administration speaker for the Anti-Terrorist Operation issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk said during a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

Comparing to the previous day Russian proxies nearly doubled the number of attacks in Donbas: from 52 to 96 episodes. Heavy artillery was used day and night in every sector and hundreds of shells were fired, Motuzianyk said. "500 mortar and 300 artillery projectiles were fired on our positions. We previously witnessed similar dynamics in August of last year", – press officer stressed.

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In the Donetsk sector Russia-controlled armed formations fired mortars on the so-called Svitlodarsk bulge, Novoselivka Druha village and Avdiyivka city. Mortars and artillery systems were used near the demolished Donetsk airport. A total of 45 ceasefire violations were recorded in that area over day, including 34 episodes of heavy armaments engagement by the pro-Russian forces.

In the Mariupol sector all the frontline heated. 40 artillery shells of heavy 152 mm caliber were fired on Ukrainian army positions in the village of Hranitne within two hours, Motuzianyk said. The government-held towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka were shelled by mortars at night. Ukrainian forces reported about total of 32 armed provocations in the Mariupol sector within one day, each third of – with heavy weapons.

In the Luhansk sector hostilities were observed in the Popasna district and along the Bakhmutska road. Mortars, artillery systems, grenade launchers and infantry combat vehicles were used during the night. By the official information 19 provocations were observed in that area in the past 24 hours, including four artillery attacks and three mortar attacks. 

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Earlier today press center of Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters reported about 96 attacs of Russian proxies with engagement of heavy artillery.

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