Sunday, July 24 2016 15:10 EEST
ATO: Over the past day, Russian occupation forces opened fire 77 times on the positions of the Ukrainian forces
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ATO HQ reports 77 attacks in last day: Mariupol direction hottest, fire opened including from the heavy weapons banned under the Minsk agreements.

Forty attacks were recorded in the Mariupol sector, another 19 – in the Donetsk sector, and 18 - in the Luhansk sector, according to data released by the press center of the ATO Headquarters as of 06:00 July 24. The situation was tense in Maryinka, Mariupol direction, the HQ reported, according to Unian.

'Here the enemy subversive groups tried twice to seize our strong points but the Ukrainian troops gave a fitting rebuff to the saboteurs. In addition, the Russian occupiers fired from 120mm mortars on Chermalyk, Hnutove, Novohryhorivka, Shyrokine, Vodiane and Starohnativka. 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, weapons installed on infantry combat vehicles, large-caliber machine guns and small arms were fired at the positions of ATO forces in Pryazovia. Russian tanks shot eight times near Novohryhorivka,' reads the statement.

Outside Avdiyivka in the Donetsk direction, the enemy used 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns. Also, 30 rounds of 122mm self-propelled gun mounts were fired by the enemy on our fortifications in Opytne, the HQ said.

The Ukrainian troops in Novoselivka Druha came under fire from three 120mm mortars, while the invaders near Luhanske used the infantry fighting vehicles, heavy machine guns and small arms.

'In the area of Novozvanivka, our soldiers repulsed three attacks of enemy sabotage groups. Upon sustaining losses, the enemy retreated. In addition, the enemy fired from 122mm self-propelled guns, 120mm and 82 mm mortars, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns and small arms in the area. The enemy used 122mm artillery and 82mm mortars outside Novooleksandrivka. The tank was shooting near Popasna,' the press center reported.

As reported earlier by, Viktor Muzhenko: 'In the case of a full-scale Russian aggression, the losses of the Ukrainian army will total an estimated 10,000-12,000 people'.

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