Ukraine under Attack: Ukrainian military deny reports of militant offensive on Avdiyivka (updates)

10:27 Oct. 17, 2016

Ukrainian military deny reports of militant offensive on Avdiyivka (updates)

A sign reading 'Avdiivka', in Donetsk region (UNIAN Photo)

Fighting sparked in Avdiyivka early on Monday  

UPDATE: There are no offensive actions by Russian-backed militants near Avdiyivka, according to a press secretary of the 81st Brigade Kostyantyn Tatarkin, UNIAN reports.

"There were shellings. There is no active offensive. The situation remains tolerable," he said. "This morning, we were fired upon, but not from heavy weapons. It was SPG grenade machine guns and small arms," said Tatarkin.

At 07:00 on Monday, a battle began in the town of Avdiyivka, Chaplain of the Christian rescue service Volodymyr (Shved) told UNIAN. 

The chaplain serves in the unit of civil-military cooperation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), which is based in Avdiyivka.

"Shooting comes from the town of Yasynuvata. They're even firing from tanks. The shelling continued for the second straight night. Most probably, today's fighting is an attempt to storm the AFU positions," he said.

According to Volodymyr Shved, it is the older part of Avdiyivka that is being shelled.

"The most surprising thing is that, despite the attacks, people are still trying to get to work in short runs," Shved said.

For a long time, the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka was the hottest point of fighting in eastern Ukraine's conflict zone. Over the past week, the combined Russian-separatist forces have shifted their 'focus' to the areas surrounding the port city of Mariupol.

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