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Ministry of Defense: Militants mortar Avdiivka all day long

Kyiv, August 06, 2017.

In Luhansk sector, Russia-backed militants conducted six ceasefire violations yesterday. The day started with grenade launcher attack at Popasna. Militants also conducted two small arms provocations in Novooleksandrivka and Novozvanivka before 06:00, and attacked twice near Krymske and Prychepylivka. At the same time, Russian proxies attacked Ukrainian positions with mortars and grenade launchers from Zholobok direction, firing 20 rounds at these two positions. “The enemy violated the ceasefire once again after sunset in Zhovte using small arms,” said Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

In Donetsk sector combat activity increased near Avdiivka. “The enemy was shooting almost 24/7. In total, 12 hostile attacks took place in this area, which amounts to two-thirds of all cases of the enemy’s ceasefire violations in Donetsk sector,” said Col. Lysenko. Hostilities in this sector were noticeable for Russian proxies using heavy weapons, namely 82-mm mortars. Militants fired over 20 mortar rounds between 21:00 and midnight. Moreover, militants used mortars and light weapons two times in Opytne and Novoselivka Druha. At Svitlodarsk area Ukrainian troops recorded two militants’ attacks around 04:00 and late at night. Each continued for 30 minutes and involved grenade launchers and small arms.

In Mariupol sector militants violated the ceasefire seven times, five of these in Vodiane and Shyrokyne. “The enemy opened fire at our strongholds two times more – in Starohnativka and south of it in Novoselivka Druha. The enemy used no heavy weapons in either case,” said the spokesman. Combat activity lasted 15-60 minutes. ATO troops recorded the longest attacks in the south of the sector. The ceasefire held in Maryinka district yesterday.

No Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action yesterday, but three troops were wounded.

Report on the military developments as of August 5 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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