: Fighting flares up in eastern Ukraine

11:17 May. 10, 2016

Fighting flares up in eastern Ukraine

Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk (GettyImages Photo)

After celebrating holidays Russian-backed separatists violate ceasefire along whole contact line

The situation in the Donbas conflict zone escalated at the end of the May holidays. The Russian-backed separatist forces opened fire 15 times while the celebration of the Victory Day over Nazi Germany was held.

The Ukrainian soldiers were attacked along the whole contact line. Most intense clashes took place near government-held Avdiivka and Mariupol in the Donetsk region.

"The militants attacked with mortars, assault rifles and grenade launchers. Near Mariupol the enemy also used various grenade launchers as well as anti-tank missile systems and infantry combat vehicles", Ukraine's military reported.

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The Luhansk region saw a spike of violence as well.

Official Kyiv reports, the Russian-backed separatist forces continued to shell the Ukrainian soldiers morning, May 10.

"The combatants already violated the ceasefire 6 times during the day. Enemy snipers were active near Donetsk. The positions of the Ukrainian soldiers were shelled near Adviivka", the message said.

Earlier the militant-held cities of occupied Donbas paraded weapons banned by Minsk on Victory day, May 9. OSCE monitors said the presence of the arms near the contact line would contradict the Minsk agreements.

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