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 Number of armed provocations increased. Militants used heavy weapons at Donetsk direction – ATO press center

Today, March 18, the situation in the area is characterized by an increased number of armed provocations by illegal armed groups against the positions of the Ukrainian military and peaceful towns and villages.

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

The summary reads: "The militants brazenly violated the Minsk agreement. At the Donetsk direction the criminals opened fire using heavy weapons, which must be withdrawn from the demarcation line. Thus, at 9:50 a.m., 11:25 a.m. and 4:25 p.m. the militants used tank fire to shell Avdiivka. In addition, the same locality was hit by enemy artillery fire at 11:50 a.m. and 4 p.m. The positions of the ATO forces near the Dutivka mine were shelled by 122-mm artillery systems at 11:50 a.m. and 3 p.m. and by tank fire around 2 p.m. Opytne and Pisky also came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.

"At the Mariupol direction the pro-Russian mercenaries used small arms and 120-millimeter mortars twice to fire at our stronghold near the village of Shyrokyne. Near Artemivsk the bandits used small arms and rocket-propelled grenades in the direction of Lozove, Maiors, and Kirov villages," the report says.

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The press center notes that "no shooting has been recorded at the Luhansk direction from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m."

In total, over the course of the day the enemy violated the cease-fire 28 times: five times using 122-mm artillery, three times using mortars, four times tanks, and 23 times with the use of small arms and rocket-propelled grenades."

"The Ukrainian servicemen also recorded two enemy UAV flights near Mariupol. One UAV was flying at an altitude of 1000 meters in the sky over Pavlopil. Another drone was conducting reconnaissance over Zaria," the summary concludes.

 
 
 
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