: Russian-backed separatist forces increase attacks in eastern Ukraine

13:14 May. 8, 2016

Russian-backed separatist forces increase attacks in eastern Ukraine

Russian-backed separatist fighters, March 7, 2015 in Enakievo, Ukraine. (Getty Images)

Banned mortars among the weapons used by the militants

Over the last 24 hours, the Russian-backed separatist forces attacks Ukrainian army positions 12 times in the combat zone in eastern Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian military press centre, the militants fired at Ukraine's positions near the town of Avdiivka with grenade launchers, heavy-calibre machine guns and small arms. Not far from the village of Luhanske, the Russian-backed separatist forces used armoured personnel carriers and small arms.

"In the direction of Mariupol, the [Russian-backed] criminal groups shelled Ukrainian positions in the area of Taramchuk using different types of grenade launchers and small arms. They also used 120mm-calibre mortar prohibited under the Minsk agreements," the press centre stated.

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In the Luhansk direction, the situation was "relatively calm," Ukrainian military said. However, starting from midnight the militants were firing an automatic grenade launcher near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska.

On Saturday, the militants attacked the positions of the Ukrainian soldiers seven times.

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