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ATO HQ report: militants increase number of attacks on Ukrainian army in Donbas

On July 18, 7 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 14 were wounded in action in eastern Ukraine, according to the report of the Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters
ATO HQ report: militants increase number of attacks on Ukrainian army in Donbas

In the Luhansk sector of the ATO area the situation is difficult. The ‘hot spots’ are in the area near the town of Popasna, Krymske villageCrimean, which is north of Bahmutska road, and the village of Stanytsia Luhanska. Illegal armed groups used heavy mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns there, according to the spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO issues Colonel Andriy Lysenko at the briefing in the Information Center of the Ukraine’s National Security Service, Joinfo.ua reports.

Militants 20 times attacked Ukrainian military to provoke them to open fire in response. All attacks near Krymske took place at nighttime. On average, each of shelling lasts not less than half an hour and even up to two hours, as it was yesterday in Stanytsia Luhanska, where the enemy fired on Ukrainian positions with small arms, mortars and grenade launchers of various systems from the higher bank of the Siversky Donets River.

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In the Donetsk sector of the ATO area, it was restless the most on the northern outskirts of occupied HorlIvka town. In total, enemy attacks on Ukrainian positions on the front line between Zaitseve village and Mayorsk town lasted for more than 8 hours.

The enemy conducted attacks both with heavy and light weapons during the day time and in the night.

In the area of the ​​industrial zone of Avdiyivka town, the enemy activity decreased slightly compared to previous days. There were 5 recorded attacks, however, the enemy have continued to open fire with heavy weapons.

On Svitlodarsk arc, the Russian mercenaries were active in the twilight and fired on positions of the ATO forces near the village of Luhanske.

Near the village of Myronivskyi they fired from artillery on positions of the ATO forces and released more than 20 projectiles. The enemy 122-mm howitzers were spotted near the village Kalynove, which is 15 kilometers from the attacked positions.

After a brief lull, the enemy resumed shelling near the Donetsk airport.

Militants opened fire from mortars and artillery only in the night-time and released 30 mortar shells and 8 artillery shells.

In total, in the Donetsk sector there were 43 enemy attacks, a third of which – with heavy weapons.

In the Mariupol sector, last night the enemy 22 times violated the truce, of which 15 attacks were in the villages of Mar’inka and Krasnohorivka. Occupants used heavy mortars in the night-time in those neighboring towns, having released 70 shells on positions of the Ukrainian army. In the day-time, they also used small arms, including sniper rifles.

Russian proxies also conducted armed provocations near the villages of Novotroitske, Starohnativka, Hranitne and Hnutove.

The enemy have also continued airborne reconnaissance. Five flights of unmanned enemy aircrafts were detected in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.