Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas five times in the past 24 hours, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action (WIA).

"In the Donetsk sector, the occupiers employed grenade launchers and heavy machine against our positions near the village of Pisky. In addition, the enemy fired grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons at the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka," the press center of the headquarters of Ukraine's military operations reported on Facebook on Wednesday morning.

In the Luhansk sector, Russian occupation forces opened fire from small arms at the Ukrainian fortified positions near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, as well as from 82mm mortars and an anti-aircraft gun –outside the village of Troyitske. Moreover, the defenders of the village of Luhanske came under fire from 82mm mortars.

As UNIAN reported on March 16, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had appointed Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Lt. Gen Serhiy Nayev to the newly created post of Ukraine's Commander of the Joint Forces.