Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Over the past 24 hours, on April 21, Russian-backed militants shelled Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine's warzone 47 times. A Ukrainian soldier was killed in action, two military were wounded, and another two – injured in the attacks.

"In the Donetsk direction, militants fired at the strong points of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Pavlopil and Pishchevyk from proscribed 120 mm mortars and tanks," the press center of Ukrainian forces reported on Facebook.

The aggressor forces also engaged defenders of Vodiane and Novotroitsk from 120 mm mortars. Grenade launchers and small arms were used in the area of Avdiyivka, Kamenka, Hnutove, Verkhniotoretske, Vodiane, Lomakine, and Nevelske; large-caliber machine guns - near Pishchevyk, Novotroyitske, Chernenko, Hnutove and Talakivka.

In addition, near Pavlopil and Talakivka, terrorists used infantry fighting vehicles, as well as small arms near Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Lebedynske, Shyrokyne, and the Butivka coalmine. An enemy sniper was active near Pavlopil and Novotroitske.

Read alsoUkraine reports 31 enemy attacks in Donbas, 2 WIA's on April 21In the Luhansk direction, the enemy used proscribed 120 mm mortars, firing on Ukrainian positions near Novo-oleksandrivka, Katerynivka and Zaitseve. The enemy also fired 82 mm mortars at the defenders of Krymske, Novoselivka, Luhanske, Novhorodske, and Zaitseve. Ukraine forces in the area of Krymske and Luhanske came under enemy fire from grenade launchers of various types and small arms. Those near Zaitseve were fired upon from grenade launchers, and those near Novoselivka – from large-caliber machine guns and small arms.

It is noted that the injured Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated to hospitals.

It was earlier reported that a serviceman of the 25th Separate Airborne Brigade died in a military hospital in Kyiv after being wounded on combat mission near Avdiyivka.