16:13 28.03.2015

Militants shell Novotoshkivske in Luhansk region with Grad launchers – Moskal

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Militants shell Novotoshkivske in Luhansk region with Grad launchers – Moskal

The militants again used Grad multiple rocket launchers in Luhansk region after a long break, head of Luhansk regional military and civil administration Hennadiy Moskal said.

"At 23:00 Kyiv time on Friday, they were shelling the 29th roadblock at the Bakhmutka motor road and the dislocation of the Ukrainian forces in the town of Novotoshkivske. Rockets exploded near a coalmine facility and at Kuibysheva Street. As a result of a direct hit, a garage facility was burnt, some districts of the village were cut off the power grids. More detailed information about damage and casualties among civilians is being verified," the Moskal's press service said.

What is more, from 00:00 to 03:30 on Saturday, a battle with the use of automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades continued on the outskirts of Novotoshkivske, not far from a bus stop, as a reconnaissance and sabotage group of Russian-backed militants was attempting to enter the town.

During the night there were skirmishes between the Ukrainian troops in Krymske and Russian "Cossacks" groups in Sokilnyky. Krymske remained out of the reach of firing, no destruction was reported.

"From 21:00 to 23:00 on Friday, the village of Stanytsia Luhanska was seeing automatic and machine gunfire with occasional explosions of shells. As a result, a power failure blacked out the central part of the village. There is no report about casualties yet," Moskal said.

"The use of Grad systems for the first time after the Minsk agreements were reached indicates that the terrorists cannot be trusted," Moskal said.

"Over the past month and a half, our repair teams have done titanic work to restore life supporting infrastructure in the villages along the line of contact. Civilians have even started to return home in the hope that the war was finally over. And now again: Grad [rockets], mortars, new destruction," he added.

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