Ukrainian fighters counterattacked militant reconnaissance-sabotage group, which retreated losing weapon
Russia-backed separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 15 times in the past 24 hours, the Anti-Terrorist Operation HQ reports. In the Mariupol sector, which is the hottest spot of the frontline for weeks, militants used armour (tanks and infantry fighting vehicles), mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. In Donetsk and Luhansk sectors militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and mortars attacking government-controlled frontline villages.
Also in Luhansk sector Ukrainian military repelled the attack of militant reconnaissance-sabotage group near the village of Trokhizbenka, the head of the ATO headquarters press centre Leonid Matyukhin told "112 Ukraine" TV channel.
"Yesterday at about 22:00 near the Trokhizbenka our military found enemy's reconnaissance-sabotage group. The commander decided to take them prisoner, and tried to encircle the group, but our fighters were spotted. To support their group enemy opened fire with automatic grenade launchers. Taking of the scouts captive failed, but the enemy fled leaving weapons," Matyukhin specified.
Also yesterday, Chechenian volunteers of Ukrainian army, known as Dudayev battalion, published new video of frontline firefight.
"Russian occupiers opened fire on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and recieved a hard fight back," comment to the video reads.
As footage shows, Russian proxies attack Ukrainian fighters from their fortified position. Soldiers open response fire, using only light weapon of calibre below 100mm, allowed by Minsk agreements (machine guns, automatic cannon, grenade launcher).
As reported, Kremlin-backed militants shelled Ukrainian positions 36 times over previous 24 hours. In Luhansk region Russian ‘Smerch' cluster munition fired on Ukrainian village on previous week.