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 Russian proxies attacked ATO forces 70 times yesterday, employed mortars and SP-guns near Mariupol, - Staff

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine continues escalating. With the support of the aggressor country, the illegal armed groups committed 70 assaults on the ATO forces over the past day using various types of weapons.

Censor.NET informs citing the situation report by the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Staff as of 6 a.m. April 8.

According to the Staff, the cease-fire violations were recorded near Avdiivka, Luhanske, Pisky, Opytne, Nevelske, Verkhniotoretske, Artemove, Kamianka, Svitlodarsk, and Bohuslavske at the Donetsk section of the front: "The enemy continues using 120-mm and 82-mm mortars along with grenade launchers, machine guns, and small arms."

"In violation of the Minsk agreements, the militants employed banned self-propelled artillery in addition to mortars against Pavlopil defensive lines near Novotroitske at the Mariupol section of the front," the report reads.

Read more: OSCE SMM registers record level of cease-fire violations since September 2015

It is also noted that in the Luhansk region, the militants shelled the Ukrainian soldiers' positions near Triokhizbenka with grenade launchers of various systems, while Stanytsia Luhanska was fired upon with small arms.

"The ATO forces opened fire in response 19 times during this period, used only small caliber weapons," the ATO press center added.
 
 
 
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