Over the past day, Russia-backed militants made 55 precision attacks on Ukrainian troops’ positions having fired a total of 80 rounds from 82-mm and 120-mm mortars. “Late in the evening, they shelled the civilian infrastructure of Troitske with fifteen 152-mm artillery rounds. There were no civilian casualties,” reported Ministry of Defense spokesman Colonel Dmytro Hutsulyak at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
In Luhansk sector, Russian proxies made seven precision attacks. “Starting about 18:00, Russia-backed militants delivered an hour-long attack near Svitlodarsk using 120-mm mortars. They fired several more rounds at Ukrainian troops defending Troitske around midnight,” the Ministry of Defense spokesperson said. Militants used 82-mm mortars near Svitlodarsk and Luhanske. They were also using IFV weapons, grenade launchers and small arms. After 21:00 a militants’ sniper was active outside Stanytsia Luhanska.
In Donetsk sector, Ukrainian troops recorded 45 precision attacks. Russia-backed militants were using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars in Lebedynske, Starohnativka, Avdiivka, Nevelske, and Shakhta Butovka areas. Militants made attacks from grenade launchers, IFV mounted weapons, small arms, and heavy machine guns near Maryinka, Lebedynske, Shyrokyne,Hranitne , Hnutove, Avdiivka, Verkhniotoretske, Starohnativka, Opytne, Slavne, Nevelske, Vodiane, Kamianka, Pishchevyk, Krasnohorivka, Talakivka and Shakhta Butovka.
“Ukrainian troops returned fire 28 times over the last day. Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in action,” Colonel Hutsulyak said.
As of 09:00 of May 2, Russian proxies have already made ten precision attacks. In Luhansk sector, Russian proxies used 120-mm mortars three times near Troitske as well as 82-mm mortars twice outside Svitlodarsk having fired a total of 60 rounds. In addition, militants used heavy machine guns near Zaitseve. Moreover, a hostile sniper was spotted near Troitske.
In Donetsk sector Russia-backed militants twice attacked Ukrainian troops’ positions in Vodiane area with small arms and used grenade launchers and heavy machine guns near Maryinka.