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 Militants backed by tanks launch an offensive in Luhansk region. Ukrainian soldiers fight back

From 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Tuesday the terrorists carried out 45 attacks on the positions of the ATO facilities and forces. The enemy received an adequate response.

This is stated by the press center of the ATO on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

It is noted that during the day the situation tended to exacerbate in certain areas of the ATO area.

The militants began an intense bombardment using artillery, mortars, and Grad systems against the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Krymske, Novotoshkivka, Nyzhnie, and Schshastia in the Luhansk region this morning. After that, around 4:00 p.m., the Russian-terrorist troops backed by tanks launched an offensive. "The Ukrainian troops are fending off the enemy, regrouping and conducting a fire maneuver," the statement reads.

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In the region of the Donetsk Airport the Armed Forces continue active liberation of the airport facilities held by the militants, the situation is under control of the Ukrainian soldiers.

"The enemy tries to resist, but our defenders carry out the set tasks. At the same time illegal armed groups do not stop shelling the advance positions of the Ukrainian troops near Pisky, Avdiivka, Vesele, Hranitne, Opytne, and Tonenke. The artillery of the Armed Forces is conducting suppression fire against the fire points of the militants, except when the enemy's artillery is located in residential areas," the ATO headquarters notes.

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At Debaltseve and Mariupol directions the terrorists did not show any activity.

"Throughout the day the militants opened fire on our positions near Debaltseve, Vuhlehirsk, Maloorlivka, Nikishyne, and Kamianka six times.

"The situation around Mariupol was calm today, only in the evening, at 5:12 p.m., the terrorists opened fire using Grad at the positions of the Ukrainian defenders near Zoria village.

"On the whole, since 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Tuesday the terrorists have carried out 45 attacks on the positions of the ATO objects and forces. The enemy received an adequate response.

"There is not a single day when the terrorists did not open fire on civilians," the report notes.

 
 
 
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