Terrorists keep shelling Ukrainian Army positions: the militants make every effort to seize Debaltseve - ATO press center

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The militants continue conducting massive artillery strikes on the Ukrainian army positions in the Donbas.

Censor.NET informs citing the ATO press center latest situation report.

"The situation was tense at the Luhansk direction during the night of Feb. 17. The illegal armed groups violated the cease-fire four times.

"The bandits used BM-21 Grad three times. In particular, about 80 Grad rockets inflicted damage to the Armed Forces of Ukraine positions in the area of Bakhmutka road, and nearly 40 missiles impacted Novotoshkivske village. The illegal armed groups also shelled the ATO forces positions near the village of Zolote from mortars. No military casualties were recorded as a result.

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"The adepts of the "Russian world" continue provoking the Ukrainian military to open fire and violate truce. The terrorists also keep destroying the infrastructure of cities and villages in the Donbas controlled by the Ukrainian government.

"It should be noted that the Russian mercenaries did not commit attacks at daytime yesterday and launched hostilities only in the dark.

"There was a slight decrease in the number of attacks on the Ukrainian troops' positions in the anti-terrorist operation area during the night of Feb. 17.

"At the same time, the terrorists have focused on Debaltseve direction. The villages of Popasna, Sanzharivka, and Chornukhyne were impacted by the militants' artillery and mortars. Three enemy strikes from BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers hit Debaltseve.

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"The gangs conducted mortar shelling of Opytne village and the Donetsk airport vicinity at the Donetsk direction.

"The criminals assaulted Shyrokyne village at the Mariupol direction.

"The enemy has committed 15 attacks on our positions totally during the night.

"The overall number of the terrorists' attacks on the ATO forces' positions from Grads reached 21, cannon artillery was used five times, mortars and grenade launchers - 19 times.

"The number of assaults and location of the targets have once again proved that the enemy makes every effort to seize Debaltseve. However, the ATO forces have not lost a single inch of their positions for the last 24 hours. The Ukrainian soldiers want peace but will not surrender their land.

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"It is also worth adding that gas delivery at Nyzhnioteple - Obozne gas pipeline section was suspended in order to prevent man-made disaster through the shelling of the Ukrainian troops' positions near the villages of Shchastia and Nyzhnioteple, as well as the activities of subversive and reconnaissance groups of the enemy. At the same time, the supply of natural gas can be quickly restored after the gangs cease fire, mine clearance and repair are conducted," the report reads.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n324990