: Russian-backed separatist forces step up attacks in eastern Ukraine

10:01 Jun. 30, 2016

Russian-backed separatist forces step up attacks in eastern Ukraine

Photo source: UNIAN

Ukrainian military reports increase in militant shelling

The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked the Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 66 times in the past 24 hours, including 28 times in the Donetsk sector, 21 times in the Mariupol sector, and 17 times in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

"Violating the Minsk agreements, the enemy continued shelling the fortified positions of the ATO forces, using banned weapons," the ATO HQ said in an update as of 06:00 Kyiv time on June 30.

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In the Donetsk sector, the situation was most tense near the village of Luhanske, where the enemy fired on the Ukrainian fortified positions from heavy mortars, tanks, and self-propelled artillery. The militants also fired heavy mortars on fortified positions near the villages of Novoselivka Druha and Berezove, as well as 122mm artillery systems near the village of Troyitske. In addition, the enemy fired from machine guns and automatic grenade launchers on the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka and Butivka coal mine, as well as from an anti-aircraft gun near the village of Kamianka.

"In the Mariupol sector, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades on our fortified positions near the villages of Shyrokyne, Starohnativka, Pavlopil and Talakivka, as well as 120mm mortars near the village of Novotroyitske," the press center said.

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In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers fired from automatic grenade launchers and heavy mortars on ATO fortified positions near the village of Novozvanivka. "The enemy also conducted indirect fire with the use of 82mm and 120mm mortars and carried out six attacks from the 122mm self-propelled gun mounts in order to provoke the Ukrainian troops to fire in response," the press center said.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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