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 Militants experience staff scarcity and recruit prisoners in their criminal army, - ATO press center

The militants’ activity in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area significantly decreased from midnight to 6 p.m. today, Aug. 17. As before, most of the attacks on the Ukrainian positions with the use of weapons of the caliber exceeding 100-mm were committed at night time.

Censor.NET informs citing the situation report by the ATO press center.

The statement reads: "In the Donbas, the militants shelled Novomykhailivka with tank at about midnight. The 122-mm artillery of the enemy impacted Pervomaiske at 1 a.m. and Krasnohorivka at 2 a.m. Our strong points in Verkhniotoretske and Krasnohorivka villages were under shelling from 120-mm mortars during the day.

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"The criminals attacked Starohnativka village near Mariupol twice. The same village was shelled by the enemy from 122-mm artillery at about 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.," the report reads.

The press center stressed: "At the same time, according to our latest intelligence, the illegal armed groups experience serious staff scarcity. The invaders recruit people from amongst the personnel of the so-called "people's militia" and prison officers in order to replenish the ranks of the criminal troops. The invaders do not shun recruiting criminals as well. About 100 convicts of the Slovianoserbsk penal colony No. 60 will soon fight for the self-proclaimed republics. In addition, the invaders commit attacks on civilian houses frequently and subsequently accuse the Ukrainian army of doing so, to fuel desire for revenge among residents of the Donbas.

"The ATO headquarters press center once again states that the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not use weapons against homes of peaceful residents of the Donbas even if intelligence shows militants hiding there," the HQ summed up.

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