War escalation in eastern Ukraine: 5 govt forces' troops killed, 13 injured

War escalation in eastern Ukraine: 5 govt forces' troops killed, 13 injuredFive Ukrainian soldiers were killed, 13 were injured in ATO area, militants shelled 56 times, Ukraine's Anti-Terrorist Operation press centre reported on Facebook.

In Mariupol direction, Russian-backed militants used multiple rocket launchers of BM-21 Grad 20 times to shell Ukrainian positions in Talakivka, reads the report. They shelled Vodyane from Grad P, 122 mm artillery of different calibres. The militants hit Lebedynske from122 mm artillery and Krasnohorivka – from mortars of different calibres. They shelled Hnutove, Pavlopil, Shyrokyne, Krasnohorivka and Talakivka from grenade launchers and small arms. The enemy hit Shyrokyne from APC and IFV.

In Donetsk, militants attempted to assault our positions near Avdiivka twice. They were forced to retreat with losses. Militants continued to shell Verhnyotoretske, Avdiivka, Opytne, Luhanske, Zaitseve and Kamianka during the day. Tanks were firing in Novhorodske and Pisky.

In Luhansk direction, militants shelled Novooleksandrivka, Troitske, Popasna and Novozvanivka from mortars of different calibres and grenade launchers.
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