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ATO latest news: the situation remained tense, militants carried out 63 attacks

During the day of December 19 the situation on the front line has got tenser, militants carried out 63 attacks
ATO latest news: the situation remained tense, militants carried out 63 attacks

Despite the aggravation of the situation on the front line over the past day, none of Ukrainian soldiers was killed or injured. In areas of the heavy fighting, the clashes continued all day long. The militants carried out 63 attacks. However, as before, the enemy used heavy weapons quite rarely, said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the spokesman of the Presidential Administration on the ATO issues at the briefing in Analytical-Information Center of the Ukrainian Security Service.

On Luhansk direction, militants focused their activity on the part of the front line between Nyzhnyoteple and Shchastya. The shelling took place on the right, higher bank of the Siversky Donets. “Militants used small arms and grenade launchers mostly. It was recorded one shot from 120-mm mortar launcher”, – said Colonel Motuzyanyk. The militants violated the silence mode near triangle Novotoshkivske – Zholobok – Donetskyi (on Bahmutsk highway), using 82-mm mortar launcher once. On Donetsk direction near Svitlodarsk militants fired at the Ukrainian strongholds on the front line south of Luhanske and Troitske. The snipers shoot there too,” – said the spokesman.

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“The area of Donetsk airport still remains the epicenter of the confrontation. About half of all episodes of the truce violations took place on the front line between Pisky and Avdiyivka,”- said Oleksandr Motuzyanyk. “A sniper was shooting for almost an hour on the western outskirts of Horlivka”.

The militants continued to fire at the position of Ukrainian army near Zaitseve and Mayorsk. Thus, one militant’s unit is located on the territory and in the building of the local school. “Ukrainian defenders remain unprovoced and do not fire in response. It should be recalled, that the SMM of the OSCE has also confirmed that the militants turned the school in Zaitseve into their barracks, “- said the spokesman. Colonel Motuzyanyk recalled, that if the militants shoot sightedly at Ukrainian positions, then the commanders of the Ukrainian army not only have right, but must suppress the enemy fire and thus protect the fighters. But if the militants shoot in the residential area so that the fire can hurt civilians, Ukrainian army usually does not open fire in response.”

On Mariupol direction there was the least activity of illegal armed groups. Militants carried out two sighted attacks using small arms in Krasnohorivka and Hranitne.