: Russian proxies attack Ukraine 31 times in last day

17:36 Jun. 20, 2016

Russian proxies attack Ukraine 31 times in last day

A Russia-backed separatist fighter stands on guard during preparation for an exchange of prisoners in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 29, 2015. (AP Photo)

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The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 31 times in the past 24 hours, including 14 times in the Donetsk sector, 11 times in the Mariupol sector and six times in the Luhansk sector, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

The situation was most tense near the town of Krasnohorivka in the Mariupol sector. From 21:00 to midnight on June 20, the enemy was firing 82mm and 120mm mortars, tank shells and 152mm artillery systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions from the temporarily occupied village of Staromykhailivka, having launched more than 150 mines and shells. The militants also fired automatic grenade launchers on the Ukrainian positions near the town of Maryinka, and small arms near the villages of Hnutove, Talakivka and Shyrokyne.

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In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers fired 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions near Butivka coal mine, as well as 120mm mortars near the village of Zaitseve and the town of Avdiivka. The Russian-backed mercenaries also fired small arms, machine guns and grenade launchers on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Maiorsk and Luhanske.

In the Luhansk sector, the enemy fired grenade launchers of various systems on the Ukrainian fortified positions near the town of Popasna and the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka, as well as mortars near the village of Novozvanivka.

In some cases, the Ukrainian units were forced to return fire.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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