Donetsk, Dec 8 – DAN. Ukrainian army units took up covered fire positions in Avdeyevka’s neighbourhoods, DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin told a news briefing at Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.

“Mortar crews of 72nd separate mechanized brigade 1st battalion took up positions in the residential sector to fire from defilade. Some 20 families had to abandon their homes,” Basurin said.

The deputy commander said it was new evidence of Ukrainian forces’ recurring crimes against civilians living in Kiev-controlled territory or in the Republic.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian forces shelled the Avdeyevka coke and chemical plant which caught fire. *jk