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 Terrorists conduct dense fire from cannon artillery, 120-mm mortars and tanks - ATO speaker. PHOTOS+MAP

The situation in the ATO area remains tense. The terrorists keep violating the Minsk cease-fire deal using banned weapons.

Representative of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on ATO issues Colonel Andrii Lysenko announced today at a briefing, Censor.NET reports.

The report reads: "Shyrokyne village remains the only hot spot at the Mariupol direction while the enemy employs a wide range of weapons from small arms to 122-mm guns there.

"The situation at the Donetsk direction remains complicated. The battle on the western outskirts of Donetsk intensified yesterday in the afternoon. The enemy was committing extremely dense shelling from cannon artillery, 120-mm mortars, and tanks. Besides attacks on the ATO forces' positions, the "DPR " terrorists were shelling the residential neighborhoods of Avdiivka, Opytne, and Vodiane from 122-mm artillery. There were civilian casualties as a result: 1 person was killed and another 2 were injured by shrapnel.

"The representatives of the Joint Center for Coordination and Control of cease-fire provided information on those flagrant violations of the armistice on the part of the pro-Russian gangs to the OSCE observers.

Read more: Terrorists used tanks and artillery to attack Shchastia and shelled Novolaspa from Grads - ATO press-center

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"The clashes also continue taking place on the western and eastern outskirts of Horlivka. The enemy has concentrated a significant number of 120-mm mortars and other heavy weapons in this area and actively uses this equipment.

"There were fire fights near Zolote, Shchastia, and Stanytsia Luhanska at the Luhansk direction which were mostly conducted with the use of small arms.

"23 flights of the enemy UAVs were recorded in the ATO area yesterday. Two more hostile drones were spotted by our border guards on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea. The Ukrainian border guards have also recorded one unmanned aerial vehicle in the Sumy region that has illegally crossed the border between Ukraine and the Russian federation," the situation report reads.


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