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Separatists use artillery despite Christmas ceasefire

This is the first time since 23 December.

Separatists use artillery despite Christmas ceasefire
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Pro-Russian militants on 13 January used artillery in Donbas for the first time since the beginning of the New Year-Christmas ceasefire on 23 December, the antiterrorist operation (ATO) HQ press centre said in its evening report.

"A shelling attack using grenade launchers, 120-mm mortars and 122-mm artillery systems against ATO fortifications on approaches to Vodyane in the area along the Sea of Azov coast has lasted for almost an hour. The invaders fired over two dozen pieces of ammunition there. In the same area, near Pavlopil, illegal paramilitary groups fired with heavy mortars," the ATO HQ said.

Near the Butivka mine, militants used 120-mm mortars and grenade launchers, near Kamyanka and Novoluhanske small arms and 82-mm mortars, and Verkhnyotoretske grenade launchers and small arms.

There have been six shooting attacks since the start of the day, one of which the Ukrainian Armed Forces had to return.

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