As reported by Censor.NET, this was stated by the ATO Staff press center in its situation report as at 6 a.m. Aug. 16.
According to the Staff, the enemy opened fire on Ukrainian army positions 48 times. Of these, 23 cases were recorded at the Donetsk direction. Militants used Minsk-banned mortars to fire 150 rounds on Ukrainian positions near the Avdiivka industrial area, Zaitseve and Maiorsk, where they also actively employed grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.
Strong points in Novhorodske and Kirove came under mortar, grenade launcher and machine gun fire. The situation was restless in Novotroitske and Nyzhnie Lozove. Positions outside Luhanske, Verkhniotoretske and Novhorodske came under IFV fire.
"In the early hours of yesterday morning, the enemy fired heavy artillery (122-mm) on Novoselivka at the Mariupol direction. Strongholds in Taramchuk, Talakivka, Krasnohorivka and Vodiane were hit with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars. Ukrainian troops in Marinka were provoked by machine gun fire, while armored vehicles were used in Krasnohorivka and Shyrokyne. Sniper activity was recorded in Novotroitske.
"A clash occurred in Bohdanivka last morning. Two armed persons approached our strong point from the direction of Petrovske at a distance of up to 200 meters. Ukrainian fighters opened small arms fire. Another group of militants used underbarrell grenade launchers to cover the saboteurs. The clash lasted for 20 minutes before the enemy retreated," the report notes.
As also reported, positions in Novooleksandrivka, Zhovte and Zolote in the Luhansk region were hit with various types of grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Moreover, 120-mm mortars were used against Stanytsia Luhanska. In Staryi Aidar and Katerynivka, militants opened small arms fire. An enemy sniper was active in Zhovte.
As previously reported, militants opened fire 64 times in the ATO area Aug. 14. A clash occurred in the vicinity of Novooleksandrivka.