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 Russian mercenaries used mortars in Avdiivka industrial zone and Mariupol direction, - ATO HQ

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During the day Aug. 17, the situation in the anti-terrorist operation area (ATO) has not significantly changed. The mercenaries continued provocative shelling of the Ukrainian Army positions. Ukrainian fighters retaliated.

This was announced by the ATO HQ press center on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

Read more: One Ukrainian military killed, four wounded in combat yesterday, - ATO HQ

"Since midnight, the highest intensity of the bandits' attacks was recorded in Avdiivka industrial zone. This is where the enemy opened fire against our strong points from mortars, grenade launchers, and small arms four times. In addition, our positions in Zaitseve area came under fire.

"In Mariupol direction, close to Starohnativka, the enemy employed a tank and fired 14 missiles of 120 mm and 82 mm upon the Ukrainian defenders.

"In Luhansk direction, the criminals shelled Ukrainian fighters in Novooleksandrivka and Novotoshkivske area.

"It should be noted that according to our status updates, the enemy has been incurring significant casualties. However, the bandit leaders hide the facts of Russian career soldiers' deaths. Personnel of all healthcare facilities have been instructed to accept wounded and killed Russians in civilian clothes only and register them as locals," the report reads.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n452102