: Russian proxies attack Ukrainian forces 30 times in last day

12:19 Apr. 22, 2016

Russian proxies attack Ukrainian forces 30 times in last day

Ukrainian border guards on the Russian-Ukrainian border, April 20, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

Militants used prohibited weapons seven times

The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 30 times in the past 24 hours, using banned weapons seven times, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO).

"The activity of the militants in the Donbas conflict zone remains high in all areas of defense, especially in the Donetsk sector," the press center said.

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The occupiers fired mortars, machine guns and grenade launchers on the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the villages of Zaitseve, Verkhniotoretske and the town of Avdiyivka. Near the village of Luhanske, the militants fired on our positions from infantry fighting vehicles. The enemy snipers were active near the town of Maryinka.

"In the Mariupol sector, the Russian-backed mercenaries fired mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and an anti-tank missile system on our defenders in the village of Shyrokyne," the report says.

The situation was also tense in Luhansk region. The militants fired grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms on the Ukrainian soldiers near the village of Triokhizbenka. In the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, in addition to fortified positions of ATO forces, the militants fired the same weapons on the checkpoint.

"The Ukrainian military had to return fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades seven times in order to prevent militants' advance," the press center said.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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