: Militants fire grenade launchers on ATO forces near Avdiyivka, Opytne in last day

12:18 May. 27, 2016

Militants fire grenade launchers on ATO forces near Avdiyivka, Opytne in last day

The National Guard of Ukraine trains in Kyiv region, April 27, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

Ukraine reports surge in shelling 

The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 30 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).

"At dusk, the militants actively fired heavy machine guns, grenade launchers and 82mm mortars on our positions near the town of Avdiyivka and the village of Opytne. Around midnight, they fired 120mm mortars on our fortified positions there," the report says.

The occupiers fired from mounted automatic grenade launchers and anti-aircraft guns near the town of Krasnohorivka. An enemy sniper was working there as well.

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The Russian-backed mercenaries also fired from small arms, rocket-propelled grenade and infantry fighting vehicles on the Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Zaitseve.

"In the Mariupol sector, the militants opened fire from 82mm mortars on ATO forces near the village of Shyrokyne, as well as rocket-propelled grenades near the village of Hnutove," the report says. "The enemy also used an anti-aircraft gun near the village of Novotroyitske."

Near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, the invaders fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.

"The Russian-backed gangs continued to resort to armed provocations against the Ukrainian units since the beginning of the day. They have already used weapons not less than eight times," the press center said.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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