Over the past day in the fighting in the Donbass killed two Ukrainian soldiers, eight were injured. This was announced at a briefing speaker of the presidential Administration on issues of anti-terrorist operation, Colonel Alexander Motuzyanik, the correspondent ЛІГА.net.
“These are irreplaceable and sanitary losses, the Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered as a result of attacks by militants using heavy weapons on Donetsk direction,” he said.
According to Motuzyanik, the situation in the ATO zone remains tense, the total number of attacks over the past day has decreased, but the enemy continues to use heavy weapons and armored vehicles.
At the direction of Lugansk Russian-backed militants opened fire from 120-mm mortars near Zolote. Of 122-mm guns fired in the area of Novozvanovka and viburnum.
From 15:45 to midnight the enemy shelled the Ukrainian positions with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms near Popasnaya and Novoaleksandrovka. As a result of shelling in Stanytsia Luhanska damaged school building.
“On Donetsk the direction the night was one of the busiest on the arc svetlodarsk. Militants in Kalinovka and Gorlovka released 136 artillery shells the positions of Ukrainian troops near Lugansk and Semigorje. Also, the occupants fired from heavy mortars of caliber of 120 mm and 82 mm,” – said Matusevich.
According to him, the most intensive shelling took place from the Northern and Western outskirts of Gorlovka. A day in the direction of Donetsk the occupiers released a 130 mortar shells, used infantry fighting vehicles, and near the Trinity recorded the firing of the tank.
Near Avdeevka furnished traditionally tense, the militants used mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. One of the enemy’s mines were part of the Holy Michael Church in the Central district of the city. As a result of being hit in the temple damaged the bells.
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On the Mariupol direction in the night of August 18, there was a fighting collision of forces of anti-terrorist operation with the enemy near the village of Bogdanovka.
“The armed forces of Ukraine returned fire, forcing the militants to retreat,” – said the speaker of ATO.
According to the headquarters, armed provocations carried out all over the front almost around the clock.
“Was hottest in the region of the village of Peace, where illegal armed groups have carried out shelling. The militants also released a 74 mines near Marinka, six min released near Pavlopol. In every hot spot the militants carried out armed provocations with use of grenade launchers, small arms, and near Talakivka opened fire from armored personnel carriers”, – said Motuzyanik.
He also said that military intelligence has found evidence that the militants kept the heavy weapons in close proximity to the line of collision.
“Fixed enemy guns Giatsint-B 152 mm caliber on a plot of Granite – Chermalyk. Two more guns Giatsint-s transferred to Donetsk. On the outskirts of Makiivka, the enemy brought up artillery battery of guns Giatsint-B”, – said the speaker of the ATO.