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Ministry of Defense: Militants use artillery and rocket systems, shell residential areas wounding a civilian

Kyiv, December 03, 2017.

“Russian proxies attacked residential areas of Vodiane, Avdiivka and Verkhniotoretske with mortars, grenade launchers, and small arms wounding a 31-year-old civilian woman in Verkhniotoretske,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press-briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. In just 24 hours, Russia-backed militants fired twenty 152-mm and seventeen 122-mm artillery rounds. Moreover, they fired 123 (sic!) 120-mm and sixty-two 82-mm mortar rounds,” added Col. Motuzyanyk.

In total, militants committed 30 ceasefire violations yesterday. Ukrainian troops returned fire 12 times using weapons not proscribed under the Minsk agreements.

In Luhansk sector, Russia-backed militants conducted 18 attacks. “In Svitlodarsk area, near Novoluhanske, the enemy fired twenty 152-mm artillery rounds in two hours,” Colonel Motuzyanyk said. Moreover, Ukrainian positions near Luhanske, Troitske, Novooleksandrivka, Zolote, Popasna, and Novotoshkivske came under hostile fire of various mortars, grenade launchers, and small arms. Ukrainian troops returned fire six times.

In Donetsk sector, Russia-backed militants conducted 12 attacks on Ukrainian positions. “The enemy conducted intense precision attacks. The enemy was shelling Vodiane and Shyrokyne in the morning and during the whole evening with 122-mm artillery and mortars, attacked Ukrainian positions near Talakivka with 120-mm mortars. Near Pavlopil and Hnutove the enemy used all types of small arms,” the spokesman said. Moreover, militants attacked Ukrainian positions near Opytne and Avdiivka with rocket launchers, grenade launchers, and machine guns. In the morning Russian proxies used IFVs near Vodiane, late at night – near Hnutove as well. In Shyrokyne area Russia-backed militants used anti-aircraft guns.

One Ukrainian serviceman was wounded in action near Zolote, two more near Opytne and Luhanske.

Report on the military developments as of December 2 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.

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