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 Russian proxies attacked Ukrainian troops’ positions 49 times yesterday, actively used banned weapons, - ATO Staff

The militants of the Russian-backed illegal armed groups committed 49 assaults on the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ positions along the demarcation line over the past 24 hours.

Censor.NET informs citing the situation report by the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Staff press center as of 6 a.m. June 3.

According to the Staff, the enemy employed weapons against Ukrainian defenders more than 30 times from yesterday evening until midnight.

"At the Donetsk section of the front line, the enemy tried to hit several strongholds of the ATO forces near Pisky and Opytne using 120-mm mortars. The militants were shelling our soldiers for over two hours starting from 8 p.m., having launched 86 rounds of 82-mm caliber and 10 more rounds of a larger one.

"Small arms, large-caliber machine guns, and grenade launchers were employed near Avdiivka. The defenders of Butivka mine came under Russian mercenaries' strike with 82-mm and 120-mm mortars," the statement reads.

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It was also reported that the enemy employed large-caliber machine guns, IFV weapons, and 82-mm mortars in the vicinity of Luhanske, Zaitseve, and Troitske at the Horlivka-Svitlodarsk salient.

"The hostile activity of the illegal armed groups has increased at the section of the front adjacent to Mariupol. 31 assaults were recorded there.

"The militants again used 120-mm mortars on the outskirts of Novotroitske and 82-mm mortars in the vicinity of Pavlopil. Our units' positions near Berezove and Hnutove were fired at with small arms, large-caliber machine guns, and grenade launchers several times while automatic grenade launchers were employed near Shyrokyne, Slavne, and Taramchuk.

"Our soldiers deployed not far from Novozvanivka in the Luhansk region were attacked with small arms and grenade launchers. The enemy also used automatic grenade launchers against the Ukrainian servicemen near Stanytsia Luhanska," the Staff noted, adding that the Ukrainian soldiers were forced to open fire in response several times.

It should be reminded that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) recorded more than 500 explosions in the Donetsk region May 30.
 
 
 
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