: Russian-backed separatist forces attack Ukrainian troops 73 times in last day

11:00 Apr. 9, 2016

Russian-backed separatist forces attack Ukrainian troops 73 times in last day

Ukrainian fighters train near the city of Mariupol, Donetsk region, April 6, 016. (UNIAN Photo)

Militants continue to use weapons banned under Minsk accords to fire at Ukraine's army

Russian-backed separatist forces initiated 73 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine combat zone over the last 24 hours, according to the military press centre of Ukraine.

Read also One Ukrainian soldier killed, 12 wounded in Donbas in last day

The town of Avdiivka remains the major hotspot. There, the militants shelled the Ukrainian positions 25 times over the last day, including nine attacks from 120mm and 82mm mortars banned under the latest Minsk agreement.

Read also Over 100 Russian servicemen killed in Donbas warzone since start of 2016

The Russian-backed separatist forces also fired mortars in the directions of Zaitseve, Novhorodske, Nevelske and Pisky. They also used machineguns, grenade launchers, and small arms near Opytne, Shyrokyne, and Mayorsk.

In the Mariupol sector, the militants' snipers shot at the Ukrainian troops near the town of Maryinka. The Russian-backed separatist forces also used self-propelled artillery systems near the village of Pavlopil.

"During this period, the Ukrainian troops had to fire back 18 times," the press center said.

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