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Ministry of Defense: Shyrokyne and Vodiane remain epicenter of combat in Mariupol sector

Ministry of Defense: Shyrokyne and Vodiane remain epicenter of combat in Mariupol sector
Kyiv, January 28, 2017.

No casualties and three Ukrainian troops wounded over past 24 hours. 30 trucks with humanitarian aid proceeded through Novotroitske checkpoint to the temporarily occupied territory.

The hostilities in the Mariupol sector moved southwards yet another time. “Ukrainian defense strongholds in Shyrokyne and Vodiane remain the epicenter of combat. Occupants are keeping heavy armor on the frontline and are actively using it. For instance, the enemy used artillery three times – twice against defenders of Vodiane and once in Shyrokyne,” informed the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on ATO related issues Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

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Militants were shooting from a tank in Shyrokyne after sunrise and used mortar launchers in the south part of the sector 24/7. They were the most active in Shyrokyne and launched over 70 mortar shells there, according to the General Staff of Ukrainian Armed Forces estimates. “The armistice held in Krasnohorivka-Mariinka frontline area where enemy was massively attacking Ukrainian positions the day before,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. Moreover, militants’ snipers were active. In total, Russian proxies conducted 34 shooting attacks in the Mariupol sector yesterday, using heavy armor in half of them.

Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no losses in combat, but three troops were wounded.

The situation in the Luhansk sector was much calmer in comparison with the day before. Militants continued massive shelling of Ukrainian positions in Popasna area and in the vicinity of Bakhmut road. They hardly used any heavy armor at all. “Frontline area near Popasna where militants launched over 25 mortar shells at our defenders in the afternoon, was an exception,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. One armed provocation involving use of grenade launchers took place in the east of the sector, in Stanytsia Luhanska. In total, militants opened fire 15 times in the Luhansk sector yesterday, using mortar launchers four times.

Combat situation in the Donetsk sector remains difficult, with geography of hostilities expanding once again. “The situation is restless at the Svitlodarsk bulge and in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport again. In general, Russian proxies used heavy armor along the entire frontline,” said the spokesman. They did it the most frequently in the Avdiivka industrial area where militants launched over 70 mortar shells and more than ten artillery bombs within a day during four shooting attacks at Ukrainian positions. In total, militants attacked 11 times in the Donetsk sector in the last 24 hours, and used heavy armor seven times.

30 trucks with humanitarian aid proceeded through Novotroitske checkpoint to the temporarily occupied territory. “Inhabitants of temporarily occupied territories in the east of Ukraine received over 500 tons of construction materials from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and 115 tons of food from the International Red Cross Committee mission,” said Col. Motuzyanyk.

Report on the military developments as of January 27 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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