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Russian-led forces fire banned mortars on Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas




(MENAFN - UkrinForm) The armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire eight times, using weapons banned under the Minsk agreements thrice, in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas over the past day.

'The enemy fired 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of different systems, antitank missile systems, heavy machine guns, and small arms on the units of the Joint Forces, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters reports.

In the zone of action of tactical force 'East, Russian-led forces launched six attacks on Ukrainian positions. The enemy opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars on Ukrainian defenders near Opytne (12km north-west of Donetsk); grenade launchers of different systems, heavy machine guns and small arms outside Novotroitske (36km south-west of Donetsk) and Lebedynske (16km east of Mariupol); mounted antitank grenade launchers, antitank missile system and heavy machine gun in the area of Verkhniotoretske (22km north-east of Donetsk); heavy machine guns and small arms - on the outskirts of Krasnohorivka (21km west of Donetsk); grenade launchers of different systems and heavy machine guns near Mykolaivka (77km west of Luhansk).

In the zone of action of tactical force 'North, Russian-led troops shelled Ukrainian troops twice. In particular, the enemy used 82mm mortars, heavy machine gun and small arms to fire on Ukrainian troops near Krymske (42km north-west of Luhansk); 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of different systems, heavy machine guns and small arms in the area of Novoluhanske.

No casualties among Ukrainian troops were reported. The Joint Forces adequately returned fire in response to enemy's shooting in line with the Minsk agreements.

According to the intelligence, no casualties among invaders were reported on July 16.

Today, the enemy launched three attacks on Ukrainian defenders in the zone of action of tactical force 'East.

The Joint Forces reliably control the enemy on the contact line, adhering to the ceasefire agreements.

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Russian-led forces fire banned mortars on Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas

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