Russia-backed militants in Donbas 43 times attacked Ukrainian army positions over the past 24 hours, the ATO press center said in a statement 9 June.
In the Donetsk sector, the Russian-backed militants fired from all types of small arms and mortars of various calibers on the Ukrainian defenders near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Pisky and Opytne. At about 22:00 Kyiv time, violating the Minsk agreements, they started firing powerful 152mm artillery systems, the ATO HQ said in an update
The militants fired grenade launchers of various systems and small arms on the Ukrainian positions near the villages of Luhanske and Novhorodske, as well as heavy mortars near the villages of Maiorsk and Zaitseve.
In the Mariupol sector, after dark, the occupiers repeatedly fired 122 mm self-propelled guns on the Ukrainian positions near Novotroyitske, and 82mm mortars near Pavlopil and the town of Maryinka.
The enemy fired heavy machine guns on army positions near Talakivka and Shyrokyne. The ceasefire was repeatedly violated in Luhansk region, where militants fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at government troops near the village of Novozvanivka.
In some cases, the Ukrainian troops were forced to return fire.