In course of the previous day there was registered significant activity of Russian forces in Donbas.
Coordinator of ‘Information Resistance’ group, Member of Parliament Dmitriy Tymchuk informed this.
According to him, Russia backed forces actively used cannon artillery and 120 mm mortars. They also tried to attack Ukrainian forces using armored military equipment. Drastic growth of terrorist activity was registered in Luhansk, Donetsk and Mariupol directions.
Terrorists were the most active near Avdiivka. Till noon of March 31 the group of tanks shelled positions of Ukrainian forces, then fighters used 122 mm cannon artillery which should have been withdrawn according to Minsk agreements.
The village of Opytne was shelled twice using 120 mm mortars. In the village of Peski group of terrorists on three armored personnel carriers shelled Ukrainian positions with 30 mm automatic guns.
In Luhansk direction, near village of Stanytsa Luhanska patrol unit of Ukrainian airmobile troops was attacked by two ‘infantry’ groups during movement along the demarcation line. In course of armed clash the enemy used small arms, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.
In particular, one group of fighters moved to the route of Ukrainian paratroopers and took firing positions while the covering group, in its turn, took the cut-off position. Both groups acted secretly and in coordination. Dmitriy Tymchuk mentions that such scheme of interaction was described in a set of model tactical tasks which were developed by the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces several years ago for military formations of ‘new type’). In course of armed clash Ukrainian paratroopers counterattacked and terrorists were pushed back beyond demarcation line.
In coastal area fighters used 120 mm mortars to shell Ukrainian positions near the settlement of Pionerske. When firing they repeatedly introduced adjustments.
After this maneuver which was an attempt to pin down Ukrainian reserves, the enemy delivered two strikes at Shyrokino village. Terrorists used 120 mm mortars and 122 mm cannon artillery
After artillery preparation there was an armed clash near Shyrokine. In course of attack fighters used armored military equipment (3-4 tanks and assault infantry group).
Source: coordinator of ‘Information Resistance’ group Dmitriy Tymchuk