A day in the area ATO: Militants have increased activity, in the course went “Grad” and heavy artillery

Сутки в зоне АТО: Боевики увеличили активность, в ход пошли "Грады" и тяжелая артиллерия

The militants of “Grad” shelled positions of the forces ATO and settlements

Militants from the “Grad”, heavy artillery, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades continued shelling of the AFU positions in all directions. This reports the press center of staff ATO.

In Mariupol of the 122 mm artillery, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades of different systems repeatedly opened fire on Shirokino, lebedinskoye, Talakovka and Water. Novotroitskoe fired rocket-propelled grenades and Shirokino – from APCS.

Near Water fighters attacked the positions of ATO forces, however, after opening the return fire and retreated.

On Donetsk the direction from 152-millimetric artillery fired positions of the AFU in the area of the red Plowman and North. Fire 122-mm artillery, mortars, APCS and heavy machine guns fixed in the region of Luhansk that Svetlodarsk arc.

Mortars of caliber of 120 and 82 mm, grenades of different systems were fired Avdeevka, Novoluganskoe, South, novoselivka Druha and Verkhnetoretskoye.

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From 152-millimetric artillery invaders again fired at Mironovka. Three militants tried to attack position forces ATO in the area of Svetlodarsk arc, and each time were forced, taking away the wounded, to retreat.

At the direction of Lugansk under fire of jet systems of volley fire BM-21 “Grad” hit PPE. Of the 152 mm artillery militants fired at Trinity and twice the Novozvanovka. From the 120-mm mortars, grenade launchers and small arms – the Trinity, the Novoaleksandrovka, Yellow, Lobacheve and the Village Lugansk.

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Total for the day recorded 50 attacks, 2 of them were on human settlements.

We will remind, on December 18, the result of the battle on the arc Svetlodarsk 5 Ukrainian servicemen were killed. After a few days it was reported that the militants tried to break through the defense of the APU in that direction. Yesterday the head of the NSDC Oleksandr Turchynov said that the Ukrainian side took the offensive and occupied new positions on Svetlodarskoye arc.

Note, on December 21, participants of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in Donbas have confirmed their intentions to cease fire from 00:00 on 24 December. On December 21, said the OSCE representative at the talks, Martin Sajdik.

Yesterday, December 23, intelligence of the headquarters of the ATO reported that the Russian occupation troops plan to implement a number of provocative attacks with the use of the Minsk agreements prohibited weapons to bring back the fire and to accuse the Ukrainian side of violating the “silence regime”.