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Frontline situation getting worse: Ukrainian forces report about hundreds of artillery shells
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Russian proxies attack 96 times using heavy artillery

The press center of Anti-Terrorist Operation Headquarters says about sharp aggravation on the frontline during the last day. According to their report, combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 96 times in the past 24 hours. Kremlin mercenaries commit artillery, mortar and grenade attacks on the Ukrainian positions along the entire demarcation line in Donbas, Ukraine Today reports.

Press center of ATO says: 'The enemy opened artillery fire six times at the town of Avdiyivka, launching more than 130 shells of 122 mm caliber on our defenders. The same caliber was used during the shelling of the villages of Pisky, Novoselivka Druha and Pershe Travnia. Almost 40 shells were launched on the village of Luhanske'. Also, in Donetsk sector Russian mercenaries attacked with armored personnel vehicles and anti-tank missile systems.

32 attacks of Kremlin proxies were recorded in the Mariupol sector. Here Russia's hybrid military force used heavy 122 mm and 152 mm artillery systems, mortars, anti-tank rockets and heavy machine guns. Near the villages of Shyrokyne and Krasnohorivka occupiers used armour – personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles.

The report says about the escalation of fighting in Luhansk region also. Here Russian-backed forces fired 122 mm heavy artillery systems, grenade launchers, and mortars on the Ukrainian fortified positions. Russian armored vehicles were used in Stanytsia Luhanska. Despite the intensification of enemy actions, the ATO forces completely control the situation along the demarcation line', stressed the headquarters.

As reported earlier by, Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine attacked 48 times in the past 24 hours.

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