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 Situation in ATO area aggravated: militants fire for hours, use armored vehicles, - HQ. MAP

Yesterday, the situation in the east of Ukraine sharply deteriorated: 15 mortar attacks on the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) forces positions were registered, which are only a third part of all cease-fire violations by illegal armed groups. Militants also used armored vehicles.

Presidential Administration representative on ATO issues Colonel Andrii Lysenko said at a daily briefing, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, a fighting took place yesterday in the evening at the Luhansk direction in the vicinity of Slovianoserbsk. The enemy fired 82-mm mortars on ATO forces positions near the villages of Zhovte and Sokilnyky. The enemy also shelled Ukrainian positions in the vicinity of Zolote and Popasna.

At the Donetsk direction, two provocations of illegal armed groups were recorded in the vicinity of Luhanske village not far from Svitlodarsk yesterday.

"The situation is much more tense near Horlivka. On its northern outskirts - in Zaitseve and Maiorsk - the enemy mainly used small arms. At the same time, in Novhorodske and to the south, in Verkhniotoretske, aimed mortar fire on ATO positions was registered. Moreover, terrorists used 120-mm mortar at least once while the shelling lasted for about an hour. In this area, the front line runs through cross-country terrain, so militants try to provoke intense fighting and train their sabotage and reconnaissance groups," Lysenko said.

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According to Lysenko, highly intensive fighting (both in daylight and at night) continues on the western outskirts of Donetsk: "The biggest number of enemy provocations w as recorded in Pisky. In Krasnohorivka, militants used armored vehicles (BMP-1) twice. Mortar attacks were recorded as well. An hour and a half skirmish between invaders and ATO troops, involving small arms and various grenade launchers, took place in Marinka. Several lengthy attacks by the enemy were also registered in Avdiivka and Opytne. Militants continue sticking to their tactics, keeping considerable forces on the front and firing from residential areas in Donetsk, Spartak, and Staromykhailivka."

No combat actions were documented at the Mariupol direction.

Lysenko also mentioned, referring to the Defense Intelligence, that a clash between terrorist gangs - the so-called "army corps" and "DPR police" - was registered. Militants disputed a car of Horlivka "policemen."

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