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ATO HQ: Mariupol area "hot spot" of militant attacks

Heavy guns are now used on a day-to-day basis.

ATO HQ: Mariupol area "hot spot" of militant attacks

Pro-Russian militants have 22 times opened fire against the antiterrorist operation (ATO) troops in Donbas, the ATO press centre has said on Facebook.

It was the hottest in the Mariupol area as militants used 122-mm artillery, which is banned by the Minsk cease-fire agreements, to target Vodyane, firing 70 shells. They fired with grenade launchers on Novooleksandrivka, Novozvanivka and Hnutove and with anti-aircraft mounts on Novotroyitske. Talakivka faced mortar attacks.

In the Donetsk sector, militants opened repeat fire with 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers and large-calibre machine guns on the positions near Avdiyivka. They used 82-mm mortars in Nevelske and grenade launchers in Novoselivka-2.

In the Luhansk sector, militants fired large-calibre machine guns in Popasna.

"Shooting continued until 11 a.m. It has been relatively quiet all along the front line since midday," the ATO HQ said.

Five ATO servicemen were wounded on 9 August.