Ukrainian military positions in Donbas have come under fire on 47 occasions in the past 24 hours, the press center of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine reported on its Facebook account on Friday morning.
In Donetsk region, the heaviest shelling continued in Avdiyivka, where six mortar strikes were recorded and a tank fired three times at 7:30 p.m., the press center said.
Ukrainian army checkpoints in the vicinity of Zaitseve came under sniper fire. Grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns were used as well.
Illegal armed groups also fired large-caliber machine guns, grenade launchers and small arms against Ukrainian army positions in Pisky and Opytne on the outskirts of Donetsk.
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Militants also used 120mm mortars and large-caliber machine guns against Ukrainian Armed Forces fortifications in the vicinity of Shyrokyne, near the city of Mariupol. Ukrainian military positions near Hnutove came under 82mm mortar fire.
Sabotage and reconnaissance groups were spotted moving near Troitske at around 11:00 p.m. Ukrainian servicemen opened fire, forcing the groups to retreat, the press center said.