The total number of attacks on Ukrainian positions over the period under review was 110, the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters said, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
The occupiers in the Mariupol sector used proscribed 122mm artillery systems and mortars of various calibers to shell the villages of Bohdanivka, Novotroyitske, Vodiane, and the town of Maryinka. Further, they used small arms and grenade launchers to fire on the villages of Hnutove, Vodiane, and Shyrokyne. The villages of Talakivka, Novotroyitske, Vodiane, Lebedynske and the town of Mar’inka were under sniper fire. What is more, Vodiane and Shyrokyne were attacked by enemy infantry fighting vehicles. Russia’s hybrid military forces continue using heavy weapons, namely 152mm and 122mm artillery systems, which are banned under the Minsk peace agreement on Donbas.
“The villages of Kalynove-Popasna, Novozvanivka and Troitske in the Luhansk sector were attacked with the use of 152mm artillery systems, while 122mm artillery systems and mortars of various calibers shelled the villages of Novo-Oleksandrivka, Krymske, Orikhove, Katerynivka, Troitske, and Novozvanivka, and the town of Popasna. Antitank guided missile launchers were repeatedly used to shell our positions near the village of Krymske. They fired grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns on the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, which is an area of disengagement. Stanytsia Luhanska and the village of Valuyske also came under sniper fire,” it said. Tanks and mortars of various calibers were repeatedly used in the Donetsk sector to shell the town of Avdiyivka,
Tanks and mortars of various calibers were repeatedly used in the Donetsk sector to shell the town of Avdiyivka, Butivka coal mine, the villages of Pisky, Opytne, Verkhniotoretske, Zaitseve, Kam’ianka, and Luhansk. Grenade launchers and small arms were used to fire on Zaitseve and Troyitske. What is more, Zaitseve and Opytne were under sniper fire.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has reported that the number of civilian casualties in Donbas doubled in January-February 2017 compared to the previous reporting period of November-December 2016.
“Insecurity peaked up again in late January across eastern Ukraine, generating additional civilian casualties and humanitarian needs in several locations. Since the beginning of the year, OHCHR verified 111 civilian casualties (20 deaths and 91 injuries), compared to 51 in November-December 2016,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its Humanitarian Bulletin on Ukraine for January 1 – February 28.
Most casualties were caused by shelling from artillery, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems, it said. “Damage to houses and vital infrastructure, including electricity, water (with
“Damage to houses and vital infrastructure, including electricity, water (with knock on effect on the heating system), as well as schools and health facilities, was also widespread. These events further added to the suffering of already vulnerable people whose resources and resilience have been depleted by the protracted crisis,” the bulletin said.