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Ministry of Defense: Ukrainian troops sustain losses in Krymske, militants shell Krasnohorivka’s residential quarters

Ministry of Defense: Ukrainian troops sustain losses in Krymske, militants shell Krasnohorivka’s residential quarters
Kyiv, June 29, 2017.

One Ukrainian soldier was killed in action and four were wounded in ATO zone yesterday. Ukrainian Armed Forces sustained largest losses in Krymske, reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

Militants continued shelling Ukrainian troops’ positions with heavy weapons, regardless of the recent agreements on the ceasefire from June 24 for the period of active farm operations. “The level of the enemy’s use of heavy weaponry yesterday exceeded the average figures of the previous week,” added Col. Motuzyanyk.

In Luhansk sector, the situation escalated along the Bakhmut road. Most active hostilities took place near Krymske. “Militants conducted one brief mortar provocation there and opened intense mortar fire from at least two directions after 19:00. During a series of attacks that lasted till 21:00, Russian proxies fired almost 150 mortar shells of various calibers,” said the spokesman. Two more mortar attacks were recorded in the adjacent Triokhizbenka and Shchastia. In Luhansk sector 15 militants’ attacks took place, six incidents involved mortars.

In Donetsk sector, Russia-backed militants used heavy weapons in Svitlodarsk area and in Kamianka-Avdiivka frontline. Russian proxies opened most intense fire at Kamianka. They conducted a 5-hour mortar attack, firing 40 rounds. “The enemy also opened artillery fire at Avdiivka between 21:00 and 22:00. Later militants conducted two mortar attacks at Luhanske and Verkhniotoretske,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. The enemy conducted eleven attacks in Donetsk sector yesterday, using mortars in five of them.

The smallest number of ceasefire violations was recorded in Mariupol sector. Militants conducted brief mortar provocations in Pavlopil, Hnutove and Lebedynske. The most intense attack took place in Maryinka where militants fired 15 mortar rounds. “Residential quarters of Krasnohorivka came under militants’ fire around 15:00 during Russian proxies’ attack on Ukrainian positions. One projectile exploded in the territory of Krasnohorivka school No.1 in Soniachnyi residential district. The enemy was shooting from western outskirts of the temporarily occupied Donetsk. There were no civilian casualties,” informed Col. Motuzyanyk. In total, militants attacked nine times in Mariupol sector, more than a half attacks involved mortars.

Report on the military developments as of June 28 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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