news from ATO zone: Ukraine reports 48 attacks in Donbas in last 24 hours
Politics10:01 Aug. 16, 2016
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Ukraine reports 48 attacks in Donbas in last 24 hours

Russian-backed separatists use heavy weapons, snipers also active - ATO headquarters

In the Mariupol sector, Russia's hybrid military force opened fire from 122mm heavy artillery systems in the village of Novoselivka at the beginning of the last day. They also fired banned 120mm and 82mm mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions in the villages of Taramchuk and Talakivka, and the town of Krasnohorivka, as well as machine guns in the town of Maryinka, and armoured vehicles in Krasnohorivka and the village of Shyrokyne. An enemy sniper was active in the village of Novotroyitske.

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"The militants actively used mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian positions in the Avdiyivka industrial zone, and the villages of Zaitseve and Maiorsk, having launched 150 mines of banned calibre. They also fired mortars, grenade launchers and machine guns on the Ukrainian positions in the villages of Novhorodske and Kirove. The situation was tense in the villages of Novotroyitske and Nyzhnie Lozove. The enemy fired from infantry fighting vehicles near the villages of Luhanske, Verkhniotoretske and Novhorodske," the report says.

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"A skirmish took place in the village of Bohdanivka last morning. Two armed men came to our fortified position at a distance of 200 meters from the village of Petrovske. The Ukrainian army opened fire from small arms. In addition, the enemy fired grenade launchers to divert attention from its sabotage and reconnaissance group. The skirmish lasted for 20 minutes, after which the enemy retreated," the press centre said.

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In the Luhansk sector, the occupiers fired grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns on the Ukrainian positions in the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka and Zhovte, and the town of Zolote. They also used 120mm mortars in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska. The Russian-backed mercenaries opened fire from small arms in the villages of Stariy Aidar and Katerynivka. A sniper was active in Zhovte.

Reported from UNIAN

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