: Militants continue to use banned weapons, hot spot near Avdiyivka

15:00 Mar. 26, 2016

Militants continue to use banned weapons, hot spot near Avdiyivka

Ukrainian National Guard fighters train in Kyiv region, March 25, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

Ukrainian military press center reports on the situation in eastern Ukraine combat zone

The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 39 times in the past 24 hours, using banned weapons, according to Ukrainian press center.

"In the last day, the militants fired 39 times on the Ukrainian positions in Donbas, using 82mm and 120mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, hand-held and automatic grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, as well as small arms," the report says.

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The situation was most tense near the town of Avdiyivka. The militants fired 120mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns eight times on the Ukrainian positions. The enemy snipers were also working there. The Ukrainian troops had to fire back six times in order to hold their positions in this area.

In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers combined fire near the villages of Luhanske, Novhorodske, Mayorsk, Zaitseve, Leninske, Pisky, and Opytne. They also attacked Ukrainian army positions six times in the Mariupol sector. In particular, the militants used rocket-propelled grenades and small arms near the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka.

"The Ukrainian military continue to hold the line in the Donbas conflict zone, adhering to international agreements and without succumbing to militant provocations," the press center said.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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