Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk: Militants use small arms, large machine guns and grenade launchers near Avdiivka

Kyiv, May 8, 2016. Militants continue blatantly violating the armistice near Avdiivka.  Attacks started at 10 a.m. and continued intermittently until 7p.m.,” said the spokesman of the Presidential Administration on ATO related issues Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk.
Russia – backed militant groups mostly used small arms, large machine guns and grenade launchers.  “Moreover, the situation was restless near Luhanske settlement at the Svitlodarsk bulge. In addition to the abovementioned weapons, militants were shooting from armored personnel carrier,” said the spokesman.

No militants’ provocations were registered in the Luhansk sector. In the Mariupol sector militants were shooting at Ukrainian positions near Taramchuk village from small arms, large machine guns,  grenade launchers and 120-mm mortar launchers prohibited by the Minsk agreements. “Another Russian mercenaries’ provocation took place in the vicinity of Shyrokyne,” said Col. Motuzyanyk.  Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no loss in combat yesterday, one serviceman was wounded.
A group of militants recently approached ATO troops’ strongholds to the distance of several hundred meters and started shooting at Ukrainian troops. “The shelling posed a direct threat to Ukrainian soldiers’ lives and health, so they responded with fire. As a result, militants stopped shooting at our positions. One militant died and the rest fled, explained the spokesman. Transfer of the died militant’s body to the temporarily occupied territory is planned for today.  Civil -military cooperation team is responsible for the operation from Ukrainian side. It will give the body to medical representatives of Donetsk morgue.