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Ministry of Defense: Militants continue mortaring Avdiivka

Kyiv, August 08, 2017.

In Luhansk sector, Russian proxies conducted eight attacks yesterday, half of these involved mortars. The largest number of provocations was recorded along the Bakhmut road. Militants shelled Krymske with mortars twice about 18:00 and 20:00, firing five rounds in total. Later Russia-backed militants also used mortars, as well as grenade launchers and small arms, in Triokhizbenka and Novotohshkivske. “Three short hostile provocations took place in Stanytsia Luhanska, Novooleksandrivka, and Novozvanivka after the sunset,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

In Donetsk sector, militants conducted three attacks yesterday. They were firing at Nevelske with light weapons in the morning for 20 minutes. In the evening, attacked Shakhta Butovka position and Avdiivka’s industrial area with machine guns, grenade launchers, and mortars, firing a total of 25 mortar rounds. Ukrainian forces were compelled to return fire.

In Mariupol sector attacks took place in Maryinka, near Dokuchaievsk, and in the southern part of the sector. “An enemy sniper attacked ATO troops after the midday.  The enemy was shelling Ukrainian positions in Novomykhailivka for 20 minutes before the sunset, having fired three mortar rounds and used grenade launchers. Militants also attacked Ukrainian positions in Starohnativka with machine guns. The hostilities in the south took place in Chermalyk, Talakivka, Vodiane, and Shyrokyne. One attack was recorded in each place. Russian proxies used mortars only in Shyrokyne.

“One Ukrainian serviceman was killed yesterday by an enemy sniper near Maryinka. Two troops were wounded in Talakivka in Mariupol sector,” reported Col. Lysenko.

Report on the military developments as of August 7 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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