Leonid Matyukhin: Russia-backed militants keep firing at ATO forces from heavy weapons


Kyiv, May 19, 2015. Russia-backed fired from the artillery, mortars, tanks, machine guns and small arms at the Ukrainian forces in the area of Avdiivka, Opytne, Pisky, Vodyane, Verkhnyotoretske, Veselivka Druga, Novolaspa, Starohnativka and Shchastya, said Lieutenant Colonel Leonid Matyukhin, ATO Staff spokesman, via Skype at the press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

Militant groups shelled Pisky, Hranitne and Avdiivka with 120-mm mortars, Kamyanka with 152-mm artillery after midnight. They have been also firing at Shyrokyne from 82-mm mortars for almost an hour. “For the first time in a while it was quiet in Luhansk sector,” Lt. Col. Matyukhin said.