Russian-backed separatist forces intensify shelling
The combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 51 times in the past 24 hours, according to the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters.
The enemy intensified attacks in the Mariupol sector, which saw 35 barrages. Militants attacked the Ukrainian fortified positions near the villages of Vodiane, Hnutove, and Shyrokyne. They also fired a ZU-23 AD anti-aircraft system on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Novotroyitske.
Russian-backed proxies repeatedly used small arms, heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and 82mm mortars to shell Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka.
The enemy attacked the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Novoselivka Druha in the afternoon, having fired 23 mines from the banned 120mm mortars.
The occupiers were also active near the Svitlodarsk bridgehead, where the Ukrainian positions came under fire from small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns.
In addition, enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups have become more active recently. Groups consisting of 10 enemy fighters attempting to penetrate into the rear were spotted not far from the town of Maryinka at about 19:00 Kyiv time and near the village of Novotroyitske at 20:00 Kyiv time. They had to retreat due to prompt measures taken by Ukrainian troops.
It was rather quiet in the Luhansk sector in the last day.
Reporting by UNIAN.