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ATO HQ report: Russian proxies made 61 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, used heavy weapons

Russian occupation forces continue to use heavy artillery prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, according to the report of the Antiterrorist Operation HQ in eastern Ukraine as of 6 a.m. August 8.
ATO HQ report: Russian proxies made 61 attacks on Ukrainian troops in Donbas, used heavy weapons

According to information released by Major Iryna Baranova, a spokesperson for the press center of the Antiterrorist Operation, the invaders made 61 attacks on positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the past 24 hours, Joinfo.ua reports.

The most difficult situation was in the Mariupol sector of the ATO area – the enemy 32 attacks. The enemy 122mm artillery released 45 shells on Ukrainian troops’ strong point in Pavlopil town. Villages of Mar’inka, Krasnohorivka, Lopaskyne, Vodiane and Novotroitske suffered from mortar and grenade fire. The Russian-terrorist forces were firing heavy machine guns on the villages of Shyrokyne and Starohnativka.

Enemy armored vehicles conducted shelling in Shyrokyne, Starohnativka and Mar’yinka. The enemy snipers fired three times near Mar’inka and Hnutove.

Ukrainian troops successfully repulsed an enemy subversive group attack launched after midnight on strongholds of the ATO forces in Starohnativka. Ukrainian military suffered no losses there.

In Donetsk sector, Russian occupation forces released twenty 122mm artillery shells in Luhanske village and Mayorsk town. A section of the front line between Krasnohorivka and Avdiyivka was a ‘hot spot’ yesterday. The enemy repeatedly opened fire on Ukrainian positions with mortars of various calibres, released about fifty shells.

It was restless in Svitlodarsk, Luhanske and Troitske too, where the enemy fired grenade launchers. Occupants also used infantry combat vehicles near Krasnohorivka and Luhanske.

In Luhansk region, the enemy fired grenade launchers on Ukrainian positions in Lopaskyne, Zhovte villages and Popasna town.

The number of flights of unmanned aerial vehicles significantly increased along all the front line. During the last day, Ukrainian army recorded 6 reconnaissance flights.

It should be recalled that yesterday, spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for Antiterrorist Operation Colonel Andriy Lysenko released information about the enemy military equipment massing, manpower rotation and border crossing in uncontrolled areas of the front line.

“We expect [an offensive of the Russian Armed Forces] at any time”, – he said to journalists at the briefing, answering the question of a possible conflict escalation along the entire boundary line in eastern Ukraine.