Escalation in Donbas as Russian proxy forces fire on Ukrainian positions with tanks, artillery, mortars
Russian proxy forces have fired 40 times at Ukrainian positions in the Joint Forces Operation zone in the Donbas since the beginning of the day on Feb. 17, leaving one soldier wounded.
According to the press center of the JFO, Russian proxies fired 32 shells at the town of Stanytsia Luhanska using 122 mm heavy artillery weapons. One of the shells hit a kindergarten, which was in use at the time. Utility infrastructure was also damaged, resulting in electricity outages for half the town.
According to early reports, as a result of the shelling, three employees of the kindergarten received concussions. Joint Forces servicemen promptly evacuated the children and teachers to a nearby shelter.
On the outskirts of Novotoshkovske, enemy troops opened fire three times with 122 mm artillery, 120 mm mortars, and mounted anti-tank grenade launchers.
Near Vodiane, Ukrainian positions came under fire from 120 mm mortars, tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns, and grenade launchers.
The proxies also fired in the direction of Trudivske, using 82 mm mortars.
Near Starohnativka, shelling from 120 and 82 mm caliber mortars, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms was recorded.
In the vicinity of Staryi Aydar and Maryinka, 120 mm mortars were fired.
Near Pivdenne and Mayorsk the were attacks using 82 mm mortars and grenade launchers.
Not far from Lobacheve Russian proxy forces attacked with 82 mm mortars.
Near Novoselivka Druha - anti-tank missile systems.
In the area of Luhansk - 122 mm artillery, 120 mm mortars.
In the Maryinka area - 120 mm mortars.
Near Svitlodarsk - 120 mm mortars and heavy machine guns.
In the area of Troitske - the tank armament, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars.
Near Popasna - tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns.
Not far from Zaitseve - grenade launchers.
In the area of Nevelske - 120 mm mortars.
In the area of Shumy - 120 mm mortars.
Near Novozvanivka - 152 mm artillery,
Near Travneve - 120 mm mortars.
In the area of Stanytsia Luhanska - 82 mm mortars and grenade launchers.
Near Adviyivka - 120 mm mortars.
In the area of Pisky - 82 mm mortars.
As a result of the shelling, one soldier of the Joint Forces was wounded and hospitalized. His condition is moderately severe.
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