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 Situation worsens in Ukraine's east as militants employ 152-mm artillery, heavy mortars, - Staff

Over the past day, the situation in the area of anti-terrorist operation (ATO) deteriorated. Pro-Russian gangs committed 43 attacks on Ukrainian army positions.

Censor.NET reports referring to the ATO press center summary as of 6 a.m., June 9.

"At the Donetsk direction, Russian mercenaries attacked Ukrainian troops near Avdiivka, Pisky, Opytne with all types of small arms and mortars of various caliber. At about 10 p.m., brutally violating the Minsk agreements, they employed powerful 152-mm artillery systems," the report reads.

According to the Staff, ATO forces' positions in the vicinity of Luhanske and Novhorodske were hit with various types of grenade launchers and small arms, while positions near Maiorsk and Zaitseve came under heavy mortar fire.

"As night fell, at Mariupol direction, militants repeatedly delivered heavy mortar and self-propelled gun fire on ATO forces' strong points near Novotroitske, while 82-mm mortars were used in the vicinity of Pavlopil and Marinka. Our soldiers near Talakivka and Shyrokyne came under heavy machine gun fire," the press center adds.

Read more: Russian militants shelled Putylivka neighborhood of Donetsk with 122-mm SP-gun, - Staff

Illegal armed groups are reported to have also violated the cease-fire in the Luhansk region.

"Not far from Novozvanivka, militants delivered indirect small arms and grenade launcher fire, trying to provoke our fighters."

"In some cases, Ukrainian units opened fire to curb enemy activity," the Staff noted.

As previously reported, on June 7, terrorists used weapons against Ukrainian defenders 36 times.
 
 
 
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