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 25 militants destroyed, 30 wounded in Svitlodarsk salient fighting, - ATO Staff

On Dec. 18, militants continued attacks on ATO forces positions, mainly in the Mariupol and Donetsk sectors.

Censor.NET reports citing the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff press service.

In the Mariupol sector, Shyrokyne was hit by 122 mm artillery. Talakivka, Vodiane, Hnutove, Shyrokyne came under mortar attack. The enemy used small arms against Pavlopil and a tank against Shyrokyne. Marinka came under sniper fire.

In the Luhansk sector, militants used mortars against Ukrainian positions outside Troitske. Novooleksandrivka came under grenade launcher and heavy machine gun fire. Syze, Zhovte and Stanytsia Luhanska were hit by small arms.

In the Donetsk sector, occupants used 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars against Luhanske and Avdiivka.

Read more: Enemy suffers heavy losses in Svitlodarsk salient, - volunteer Yurii Mysiahin

"In the Svitlodarsk salient, at around 6 a.m., Russian occupation troops launched an artillery and mortar attack. The Ukrainian side at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) immediately requested a cease-fire. But the enemy in great numbers tried to flank Ukrainian strong points in the vicinity of Luhanske aiming at forcing our advanced units from their positions and altering the contact line.

"Ukrainian fighters engaged in the fight, seized the initiative, rebuffed the enemy and counter attacked the enemy's flank," the report notes.

Read more: Five Ukrainian soldiers killed, six injured over past day, - ATO Staff

While retreating, militants abandoned Russian-produced munition and gear. According to intelligence, the enemy's losses include over 25 killed and 30 wounded.

"Over the past day, occupants repeatedly opened fire on our positions in the Svitlodarsk salient and neighboring settlements, using 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars. The attacks damaged civilian infrastructure facilities and power lines. Svitlodarsk and several villages got blacked out. Late in the evening, three artillery shells exploded near a school in Luhanske.

"Overall, 24 attacks were registered over the past day," the press center reports.

On Dec. 17, militants committed 40 attacks in the ATO area.
 
 
 
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