: Four Ukrainian soldiers killed, 13 injured in Donbas overnight

12:32 Jun. 12, 2016

Four Ukrainian soldiers killed, 13 injured in Donbas overnight

An armed pro-Russian separatist of the self-proclaimed so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) sits at the destroyed Donetsk International Airport, in Donetsk, on June 1, 2016 (Getty Images)

Russian proxies attack Ukraine 49 times in last day

The combined Russian-separatist forces in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, attacked Ukrainian troops 49 times in the past 24 hours; in particular, 24 attacks were recorded in the Mariupol sector, 19 in the Donetsk sector, and six in the Luhansk sector, according to military officials.

"The situation in the conflict zone is tense but under control. The enemy shelled our positions, using the weapons banned by the Minsk agreements. It fired 29 mortar bombs and four artillery shells in separate incidents," the military press centre reported on Facebook. 

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The Ukrainian positions near the towns of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka and the villages of Novotroyitske and Berezove came under militant mortar fire, while Ukrainian troops deployed near the villages of Vodiane, Hranitne and Taramchuk were shelled with the use of large-caliber machine-guns and grenade launchers of various systems. 

Areas near the town of Avdiyivka and its industrial zone were the hottest spots in the Donetsk sector. Russian proxies used machine-guns, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns, and mortars there.

"In those areas, the enemy fired about 400 mortar bombs and gun shells from 21:00 local time on Saturday to midnight. The [Ukrainian] strongholds near the village of Opytne and Putylivska coal mine came under artillery fire," the military press centre said.

Following the attacks near Avdiyivka, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed and other 13 troops were wounded. 

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Russian mercenaries twice attacked the Mayorsk checkpoint near the occupied town of Horlivka, using mortars. They also fired mortars, machine-guns, grenade launchers of various system on Ukrainian troops near the villages of Nevelske, Mayorsk, and Zaitseve. In the Luhansk sector, militants shelled areas near the villages of Novozvanivka and Novo-Oleksiyivka, using small arms and grenade launchers.

Reporting by UNIAN

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