10:35 08.02.2018

ATO HQ reports 1 WIA amid 17 enemy attacks on Ukrainian army positions

ATO HQ reports 1 WIA amid 17 enemy attacks on Ukrainian army positions

 Russia's hybrid military forces have mounted 17 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA), the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters has reported.

"Over the past day, the Russian occupation groups have increased the number and intensity of shelling of Ukrainian defenders. In addition to heavy mortars, the enemy used tank armament and artillery systems in certain areas of the contact line, which is a gross violation of Minsk agreements. Fire provocations further intensified after dark," the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters reported on Facebook Thursday morning.

In the Luhansk sector, the Svitlodarska Duha bulge became the epicenter of tension in the evening hours. Here, the enemy used 122mm artillery systems and repeatedly fired 120mm mortars on the Ukrainian positions near the village of Luhanske. Ten 122mm artillery shells and about two dozen 120mm mines blew up near the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Troyitske. In addition, the invaders fired mortars of various calibers and grenade launchers on the defenders of the village of Krymske, as well as 82mm mortars and light infantry weapons near the village of Novhorodske.

In the Donetsk sector, it was relatively calm at night, but in the daytime, the aggressor was firing from tanks, grenade launchers of various types, and heavy machine guns near the village of Pisky for more than an hour. Grenade launchers and machine guns were also used by the invaders near the village of Shyrokyne, which is in the Mariupol sector.

In addition, another evidence of the actual presence in Donbas of Russian weapons has been recorded over the past day. Ukraine's air defense unit shot down a Russian-made Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle.

"For the last month and a half, this is the fourth downed drone of this type," the ATO staff said.

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