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Russia-backed militants keep on shelling Avdiivka in eastern-Ukraine

Russia-backed militants keep on shelling Avdiivka in eastern-UkraineThe non-stop shelling goes on in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, where Russia-backed militants keep on storming positions of Ukraine’s government troops. Over a hundred missiles from militant's Grad missile launchers hit the outposts in the town’s industrial zone. 152 mm artillery and tanks also fired in this area multiple times, 112 TV Channel reports.

According to Anti-Terrorist Operation press centre's report, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed, and nine more were wounded over the last 24 hours.

Other towns and villages in the vicinities of Donetsk also took fire. Tonen’ke was shelled from 152 mm artillery; Avdiivka, Luhanske, Troitske, Opytne and Verkhnyotoretske went under 120 mm mortar fire. Tanks and IFVs shelled Ukrainian outposts in Verkhnyotoretske.

In the Mariupol sector, the militants used 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars to attack Vodyane, Pavlopol, Talakivka, Berdyanske, Novohryhorivka, Krasnohorivka and Novotroitske. A sniper opened fire in Chermalyk.

Artillery and mortar fire was reported in Luhansk region, too. Krymske, Troitske, Zhovte, Novoolexandrivka, Stanytsia Luhanska and Novozvanivka went under fire from RPGs, artillery, mortars and small arms.

Pavlo Zhebrivskyi, the head of Donetsk regional military and civil administration, reported that Avdiivka residents, willing to evacuate, are not so numerous. “We worked out all the algorithms. There are several health resorts, both private and municipal. We can settle 1.4 thousand children in Svyatogirsk. There aren’t so many people ready for this offer, and we are not going to run the evacuation,” he noted.

Zhebrivskyi explained that the issue of evacuation was raised not because of continuing shelling, but due to the problems with communal services providing for the residents.

“The water now reaches only the fourth floor. It comes from the Donetsk hydraulic station. This helped to stabilise the issue of water supply to some extent. Not the diesel oil fuel arrived, about 30 tonnes,” he added.

At that Zhebrivskyi noted that people are in need of duvets and warm clothes.

Earlier, Zhebrivskyi informed that shelling of Avdiivka went down a bit, letting people have some rest. In spite of such a complicated situation, the city is working.

Most recently, the state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka, where the militants continue to shell Ukrainian positions from mortars and artillery systems. Both parties to the conflict take casualties, as well as civilians who also suffer the consequences of the ongoing shelling. Local authorities are ready for possible massive evacuation of civilians from this area.

On Monday, January 30, Avdiivka was cut off from water and electricity supplies, as well as from heating.
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