Russian-backed insurgents violate ceasefire 22 times in last day
Russian-backed insurgents have violated the ceasefire 22 times in the last 24 hours, using mortars, small arms, Grad multiple rocket launchers and tanks to attack Ukrainian troops, the press center of Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters reported on Thursday on its Facebook page.
"Most activity by the enemy was observed in Luhansk, Donetsk and Debaltseve. Our soldiers were [also] attacked several times near Mariupol and Pervomaisk," the report reads.
The following villages of the Luhansk region were attacked by the insurgents: Frunze, Shasta, Krymske, Sokolnyky, Kriakivka, Zhovte, and Kapіtanove.
The village of Avdiivka in Donetsk region was also attacked, and the hotspot of Donetsk airport was attacked four times in the last day.
The following villages near Debaltseve were attacked by the Russian-backed insurgents: Ridkodub, Kamianka, Maloorlivka, and Chornukhyne.
The village of Chermalyk near Mariupol has been attacked twice in the last 24 hours.
The Russian-backed insurgents have not stopped their aerial reconnaissance of Ukrainian positions. Enemy drones were spotted near the villages of Hnutove and Talakivka.
The Ukrainian armed forces have been observing a ceasefire since Tuesday, and have been ordered not to fire on the positions of the insurgents even if they come under fire themselves.