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ATO latest news: Ukrainian army held a 24 hour combat with Russia-backed militants and repelled the offensive Zaitseve in Donetsk region

On February 24, the most complicated situation in eastern Ukraine was near the Donetsk airport. Militants 56 times attacked positions of Ukrainian army
ATO latest news: Ukrainian army held a 24 hour combat with Russia-backed militants and repelled the offensive Zaitseve in Donetsk region

In Luhansk sector there was no armed provocations by militants, said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO issues at the briefing in Analytical-Information Center of the Ukrainian Security Service, Joinfo.ua reported.

In Donetsk sector there was tense situation near the Donetsk airport. In particular, militants fired small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers near the villages of Pisky, Opytne and Avdiyivka town. They also fired mortars near the village of Pervomaysk. In addition, an illegal armed group, positioned in the village of Staromykhailivka, fired anti-aircraft installations and mortars on positions of Ukrainian army near Krasnohorivka and Nevelske.

Also, militants used small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers near the villages of Novhorodske, Mayorsk, which are located near the town of Horlivka.

But the toughest situation in the past 24 hours was near the village of Zaitseve. Here militants attempted an offensive and used 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers, small arms and heavy machine guns in particular. The battle lasted for almost 24 hours. Ukrainian soldiers bravely stood and threw the enemy forces from the heights from which they attacked. After that militant fighters retreated and left a large quantity of weapons on the abandoned positions.

In particular, they left anti-tank guided missiles and flame throwers Shmel (Bumblebee) produced in 2000. All weapons are marked by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which once again proves how Russia supports the militants with money, arms and other material support.

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The headquarters of the Anti Terrorist Operation reported also that on the past day militants conducted 56 attacks on positions of Ukrainian troops. Of these, 35 attacks – in Donetsk sector and 21 attacks in Mariupol sector.

In Mariupol sector Russia-backed mercenaries fired mortars on the positions of Ukrainian troops near Mar’inka, Hnutove and Chermalyk.

Also, snipers fired on Ukrainian units in the area of ​​Mar’inka, Opytne and the Butivka coalmine.