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Donetsk republic spokesman: 150 mortar shells fired at Shirokino over 24 hours

June 01, 2015, 14:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The defense ministry of the self-proclaimed republic said the Ukrainian forces over the past 24 hours opened fire at the territory of the self-proclaimed republic 28 times
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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. The Ukrainian forces over the past 24 hours have fired more than 150 mortar shells at the village of Shirokino, the spokesman for the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Eduard Basurin, said on Monday.

"The Ukrainian forces’ most intensive attack was against the village of Shirokino. More than 150 82 mm and 120 mm shells were fired," the Donetsk news agency quotes Basurin as saying.

Earlier, the defense ministry said the Ukrainian forces over the past 24 hours opened fire at the territory of the self-proclaimed republic 28 times.

"The republic’s militias have recorded 28 attacks launched on the DPR territory by the Ukrainian security services," Basurin said.

According to the ministry, the fire was opened 6 times from guns of tanks and armored vehicles, 2 times - from antiaircraft mounts. In addition, 15 mortar attacks and 5 cases of fire from grenade launches and small arms have been registered.

The fire was opened on the Gorlovka city districts and on Donetsk airport, as well as on the settlements of Dzerzhinsk, Zheleznaya Balka, Golmovsky, Spartak, Shirokino, Zhabichevo and Novaya Maryevka.

The data on casualties among civilians and DPR militias are being ascertained.

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