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 NSDC Names ATO Hot Spots: Situation is Hardest Near Bakhmutivka Road. MAP

The introduction of the silence mode in the Donbas somewhat reduced the tension, but the situation remains difficult, because terrorists violate the truce and continue shelling towns and positions of our troops.

The NSDC spokesperson Andrii Lysenko stated that 22 attacks on the positions of the ATO forces have been recorded over the past day, Censor.NET reports.

"We see that the number and the intensity of the attacks have decreased and they are of provocative nature. There have been no reports of Grad systems use. However, in some areas the enemy has used tanks and artillery," Lysenko said.

Read also: Militants Violated Silence Mode 22 Times Using Various Weapons in 24 Hours

He also noted that our troops strictly adhere to the silence mode and do not respond to provocations of the terrorists. At the same time, the ATO forces continue to do their duty and stop militants' attempts to infiltrate territories controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

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Yesterday, our servicemen discovered a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the enemy while on patrol. The enemy attacked our soldiers and the Ukrainian troops neutralized the saboteurs. Unfortunately, there were casualties among our military.

The most difficult situation remains in the area of Bakhmutivka road. During the last 24 hours the terrorists opened fire on residential areas and ATO positions in the area of Krymske and Kriakivka of the Luhansk region using various weapons. The militants fired on towns and Ukrainian checkpoints using anti-tank guided missiles, mortars and tanks.

The terrorists also shelled the city of Shchastia with automatic grenade launchers and fired at Chornukhyne village with small arms.

Read also: Second 'Day of Silence' in ATO Area: Terrorists Committed 12 Attacks Without Any Fire in Response

The militants also fired at the positions of the Ukrainian military using tanks and RPGs at Sokolnyky, near Frunze and Kapitanova villages. A strong point near Shchastia was attacked twice with the terrorists using mortars and small arms.

At Donetsk direction the terrorists four times opened fire at the Ukrainian servicemen in the Donetsk airport using antiaircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. A strong point near Avdiivka was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.

Attacks at Debaltseve direction also continue. The militants conducted artillery shelling of the ATO strongholds near Kamianka and Ridkodub. At the same direction, the terrorists opened small arms fire on the Ukrainian positions in the area of Maloorlivka and Chornukhyne.

At Mariupol direction the militants two times opened fire from RPGs at the Ukrainian strong point near Chornukhyne. Enemy drones were spotted near Hnutove and Talakivka.

 
 
 
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