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Ministry of Defense: Militants attack Pisky with mortars, light weapons and APCs

Ministry of Defense: Militants attack Pisky with mortars, light weapons and APCs
Kyiv, May 16, 2017.

In Donetsk sector hostilities took place in the Horlivka perimeter, near Avdiivka and in the vicinity of Donetsk airport. Militants attacked Kamianka with small arms at night. “Hostilities resumed after 17:00 and continued with pauses till midnight. The situation was the most restless in Pisky. The enemy conducted medium intensity mortar attack there and used light weapons and APCs,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.  Militants used mortars twice near Avdiivka and once in Zaitseve. In Maiorske, Novhorodske and Verkhniotoretske militants used APCs. “In total, 15 shooting attacks took place in Donetsk sector yesterday, four of them involved heavy weapons,” added Col. Motuzyanyk.

In Luhansk sector hostilities took place only in Popasna district between 15:00 and 21:00. Two most intense successive attacks took place in Troitske and Novozvanivka. “Russia-backed militants used heavy weapons for each of them, firing 20-40 mortar rounds. Later the enemy started using mortars against other frontline positions of Ukrainian troops. Russian proxies were shooting from village of Kalynove,” said the spokesman. Militants conducted 10 attacks yesterday, using heavy weapons six times. “In total, they fired around 65 mortar and several artillery rounds,” added Col. Motuzyanyk.

In Mariupol sector militants conducted 12 armed provocations, using no heavy weapons. They opened fire from small arms in Pavlopil-Shyrokyne frontline, and used grenade launchers in Krasnohorivka, Novotroitske and Novomykhailivka.

Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no fatalities yesterday, but two servicemen were wounded.

Report on the military developments as of May 15 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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