The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has called on the international community to condemn the escalation in Donbas.

"Very concerned by escalation in Donbas following the latest Russian attack. Prohibited weapons used resulting in a new wave of casualties. This is the latest breach of agreements reached at N4 [Normandy Four summit]. We call on the intl. community to condemn this escalation," Press Secretary of Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kateryna Zelenko wrote on Twitter on February 18, 2020.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in the morning Russian occupation forces attacked Ukrainian defense positions in Donbas, employing 120 mm mortars, proscribed by Minsk agreements. Under fire cover, the Russian invaders began their offensive operation and attempted to advance through the demarcation line. As a result of the battle, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another four were injured.