13:28 16.03.2016

Six Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas in last day

Six Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Donbas over the past 24 hours, presidential administration spokesman for ATO issues Andriy Lysenko said.

"No Ukrainian soldiers were killed in hostilities in the last day, but six were wounded in skirmishes in the village of Novotroyitske," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

The enemy opened fire from an anti-tank complex near the town of Popasna to shell Ukrainian troops in the Luhansk sector, Lysenko said.

In the Donetsk sector, the truce was violated along the Svitlodarska Duha – a stretch between the militant-controlled town of Horlivka and the town of Svitlodarsk in Donetsk region. The village of Zaytseve and the town of Avdiyivka were under mortar fire, they were also attacked by infantry fighting vehicles. The village of Nevelske was under sniper fire. However, the situation was calm in the villages of Mayorske and Pisky [the latter is near the ruined Donetsk airport] and the town of Maryinka. The ceasefire in the Donetsk sector was violated 33 times in the last day.

Two skirmishes between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed militants were reported near Novotroyitske in the Mariupol sector, where the enemy used 120mm mortars.

"ATO forces returned fire and prevented enemy incursions into Ukrainian-controlled territory," Lysenko said.

He also said that the village of Shyrokyne, which is not far from the Ukrainian-held strategic port city of Mariupol, was also under a series of shelling.

In total, there were six militant attacks on Ukrainian forces in the Mariupol sector alone.

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