: Russian-backed militants mount attacks in eastern Ukraine; one soldier dead
Politics12:18 May. 23, 2016

Russian-backed militants mount attacks in eastern Ukraine; one soldier dead

Ukraine reports surge in shelling, spots Russian-sent drones

Update: One Ukrainian serviceman reported killed during militant shelling of the town of Shchastya in Luhansk region.

Over the last 24 hours, Russian-backed separatist forces attacked Ukrainian positions 31 times, reports Ukraine's military press centre.

"We have recorded cases of [militants] using heavy artillery prohibited by Minsk agreements," a statement reads.

Read also Ukrainian army suffers more casualties as militants fire heavy weapons

The separatist forces continued shelling the town of Avdiivka and its surroundings. Last night saw them firing at that direction from heavy-calibre machine guns, grenade launchers and 82mm-calibre mortars. The militants used the same types of weapons to shell Ukrainian army positions near the town of Krasnohorivka.

"The most difficult situation was in the direction of Mariupol, in particular near the village of Shyrokyne," the press centre said.

Read also Aftermath of heavy militant shelling in Avdiivka: photos

During the last day, Ukrainian military spotted five separatist drones, two of them coming from the Russian territory.

In Luhansk region, the situation was less intense. However, the militants attacked Ukrainian positions near the villages of Shchastya and Sokolnyky using small arms and grenade launchers.

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