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 Situation in АТО area aggravates, militants use missile artillery, - АТО spokesman. MAP

The situation in the ATO area has aggravated: the number of enemy attacks on our positions has significantly increased, especially in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions. The enemy used missile artillery for the first time over the past two weeks.

This was announced today at a daily briefing in the Ukraine Crisis Media Center by the Presidential Administration representative on ATO matters Colonel Andrii Lysenko, Censor.NET reports.

In the Luhansk direction, the enemy continues armed provocations against the Ukrainian military holding the line in Stanytsia Luhanska. Militants opened fire in the evening using grenade launchers and mortars. The enemy stepped up firing at Shchastia with two key emplacements located on the opposite bank of Siverskyi Donets. In particular, yesterday, after a long break, the enemy opened fire on Ukrainian army positions from tanks. Also, enemy sniper activity was recorded near Shchastia.

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Yesterday, it was quiet in the area of Bakhmutska Road (from Lopaskine to Orikhove). Though it was rather restless in the suburbs of the occupied Pervomaisk.

Late in the evening, the enemy delivered a mortar attack on the Ukrainian positions in Zolote. The most difficult combat situation is in Troitske located on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It is regularly shelled from the south and east due to its geographic location. Following a series of attacks with 120-mm mortars during the day, terrorists fired Grad rocket systems on our troops after 10 p.m. According to current information, the "LPR" gangs keep them in Stakhanov.


The situation near Svitlodarsk in the Donetsk direction has alleviated: tanks and artillery were not used over the last day. However, the enemy continues provocations in the front line actively using snipers.

It was quieter than usual near Horlivka. Between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. the enemy committed three armed provocations in Maiorsk, Kirove and Leninske using mortars and grenade launchers.

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On the western outskirts of Donetsk, the situation remains unchanged. Intense fighting continues across the line of contact from Avdiivka to Marinka. The enemy has concentrated substantial forces on the front lines including tanks, mortars and artillery actively using them despite the Minsk agreements.

In the evening, in Krasnohorivka Ukrainian troops repulsed an attack of an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group. The battle lasted about two hours.

As a result of enemy attacks, a civilian was wounded in Avdiivka and a partial blackout occurred in the Marinka district.

The enemy became more active in the Mariupol direction. In particular, yesterday at dawn militants shelled the Ukrainian army positions near Novohryhorivka. Also, during the day, three armed provocations were recorded in Chermalyk. The fire was delivered from the opposite side of the Pavlopil water storage.

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Seven drone flights were also recorded yesterday in the ATO area.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n346864