Donbas war: Ukrainian fighters repel attacks near Mariupol, Russian BMP destroyed

14:30 Nov. 22, 2016

Ukrainian fighters repel attacks near Mariupol, Russian BMP destroyed

Destroyed BMP-2 in Donbas (by wio.ru)

Russian proxies attacking with armour, mortars, and even MLRS, Ukrainian forces allowed ‘active response fire'

During the last day of militant hostilities there is no killed and wounded among Ukrainian troops, Defence Ministry of Ukraine speaker Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk reports.

Meanwhile, the situation in Donbas is tense, Russian proxies attacking in all directions. The relatively quiet Luhansk area seen 3 militant attacks, including one with heavy weapons (10-minute mortar shelling of Krymske village).

Attacks and fire raids on Donetsk direction were longer, as always – from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours. Militants commenced 4 attacks here, including 2 with the use of mortars. Ukrainian positions were hit by over 40 mortar shells.

The main fighting continues in the Azov sea coastal lines. Yesterday there were 10 militant attacks, including 8 mortar and artillery raids. Militants also used armour, including infantry fighting vehicles and tanks. Ukrainian positions were hit with 50 mortar mines and 14 artillery and tank shells.

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This morning Russian proxies commenced one more attack, using ‘Grad-P' system, shooting 122-mm MLRS missiles, ATO HQ informs. 4 such missiles were fired towards Krasnohorivka village west of Donetsk.

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Ukrainian troops actively opened response fire, Col. Motuzianyk stressed. In Mariupol directions at least one militant was killed and one Russian BMP destroyed by the Ukrainian army.

According to military intelligence, Kremlin continues supporting militant forces with ammunition and fighters. In particular, 450 tons of fuel, three rail cars with spare parts for tanks, and six rail cars of ammunition recently came from Russia to militant-held territory.

Read also Ukraine troops fight off militants' mounting attacks on key town

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