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The situation in the ATO area deteriorated: militants used heavy weapons – Ministry of Defence 03/02/2017 15:59:00. Total views 573. Views today — 1.

Militants pulled up heavy artillery to the line of contact and shell positions of the ATO forces. Ukrainian Defence Ministry's Spokesperson for ATO Andriy Lysenko said this at a press briefing, an OstroV correspondent reports.

"Yesterday the situation in the ATO area has worsened: the enemy pulled up to the front line a large number of heavy weapons, including artillery of 152 mm caliber and used it", - A.Lysenko said.

Militants also used tanks, mortars, IFVs and grenade launchers.

According to the speaker, Ukrainian troops are forced to open fire in response.