As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by the press center of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in its report as of 6 a.m. March 18, posted on Facebook.
"Having decreased its combat activity near Avdiivka and the Donetsk airport, Russian mercenaries increased the volume of shelling upon ATO forces' strong points after 5 p.m. near other villages and towns along the entire demarcation line. The total of 42 cases of fire were recorded, 27 of them at Donetsk direction, and 15 at Mariupol direction," the message reads.
According to the staff, militants used mortars of 82-mm caliber to intensively shell positions near Luhanske, having fired about 200 missiles; in between mortar shelling, they were firing from IFVs, an anti-aircraft mount, grenade launchers of various systems, and machine guns of large caliber.
Strong points near Zaitseve were sprayed by Russian terrorists from mortars of 120-mm and 82-mm caliber, with subsequent use of machine guns and small arms.
Near Maiorsk, terrorists conducted fire from grenade launchers and machine guns.
"At Mariupol direction, Ukrainian soldiers' positions near Novotroitske were under fire from 120-mm mortars, IFVs, grenade launchers, and large caliber launchers, while Shyrokyne and Vodiane were fired upon with mortars, grenade launchers, and small arms," the message reads.
It is also noted that single cases of fire from small arms upon ATO forces' positions were recorded near Marinka.
"After midnight, the intensity of shelling has not decreased, 10 cases of fire against ATO forces' positions were recorded," the staff noted.