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Ministry of Defense: Militants shell Ukrainian rear positions with artillery

Ministry of Defense: Militants shell Ukrainian rear positions with artillery
Kyiv, June 13, 2017.

At 01.40 Russia-backed troops started shelling Grafske, located more than 14 km away from the contact line, with 152-mm artillery. “Militants fired 60 rounds in less than two hours. After 03:00 they used barrel artillery to shell the neighboring Olhynka located six kilometers away from the contact line,” said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesperson on ATO at a press-briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. In Olhynka the shelling damaged all 12 houses on Tsentralna street. In Grafske militants’ artillery shells exploded near the dormitory of the local college.

In Chermalyk-Shyrokyne frontline militants were firing light weapons both during the day and at night, and used mortars in armed provocations at Chermalyk and Pavlopil. “At about 22:00 militant groups shelled Maryinka’s residential areas with IFV’s mounted weapons and grenade launchers. As a result of the shelling one of the houses was set on fire. Luckily there were no civilian casualties,” said spokesperson. Militants made a total of 27 attacks in Mariupol sector, using heavy weapons in six of them.

In Luhansk sector intensity of militants’ attacks decreased, although they were performing harassing small arms and mortar fire almost along the entire frontline. At night, they conducted three armed provocations in Malynove, Lobacheve and Zhovte. After midday militants mortar shelled the Ukrainian positions in Triokhizbenka, Kriakivka, Novotoshkivske, Katerynivka and Novooleksandrivka. In most cases militants fired up to 10 rounds. “Luhansk sector accounts for 18 enemy attacks over the last day, eight of these involved mortars,” added Colonel Motuzyanyk.

In Donetsk sector hostilities were concentrated at Kamianka-Avdiivka-Shakhta Butovka position frontline. Between 18:00 and 23:00 militants conducted a series of medium intensity attacks, firing over 110 mortar and artillery rounds. “In Kamianka militants fired tank weapons twice. Ukrainian troops fired in response to the enemy’s most blatant attacks,” ATO spokesperson said. In Avdiivka evening enemy attack damaged one house. One armed incident took place in Luhanske. Near Donetsk airport militants used only small arms, in Zaitseve they attacked exclusively with IFV weapons. The sector accounts for 12 militant attacks, seven of which involved heavy weapons.

One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and five were wounded in action.

Report on the military developments as of June 12 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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