ATO HQ reports 3 wounded servicemen amid 29 enemy attacks in past day
Russia's hybrid military forces have attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 29 times in the past 24 hours, with three Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action, the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters has reported.
"The situation in the ATO area remained tense last night, though fully controlled by the Ukrainian army. If during the previous few days the number of attacks on our positions has decreased, then yesterday the enemy activated fire provocations virtually along the entire disengagement line. The ATO forces returned fire 17 times, thus forcing the enemy to observe the ceasefire," the ATO HQ wrote on Facebook on Saturday morning.
The enemy intensified its attacks significantly in the Donetsk sector after 18:00. The militants fired at Ukrainian strongholds near the town of Avdiyivka until midnight, using grenade launchers and machine guns. The Ukrainian military fired back to suppress the enemy's activity. As a result of the confrontation, one of Ukraine's defenders was wounded. In the evening, the ATO positions came under enemy fire from infantry weapons near the villages of Pisky and Zaitseve, as well as near Butovka coal mine. The militants also fired 120mm mortars near the village of Troyitske.
In the Luhansk sector, as a result of the enemy shelling from a heavy machine gun, another Ukrainian soldier was wounded near the village of Novo-Oleksandrivka. In addition, the militants fired 82mm mortars on ATO strongholds outside the village of Triokhizbenka. They used all types of infantry weapons near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska, Novozvanivka, and Valuyske.
In the evening hours, the Russia-backed militants attacked the Ukrainian strongholds near the villages of Talakivka and Taramchuk in the Mariupol sector.