One Ukrainian soldier killed in action, another two wounded in Donbas in past day
One Ukrainian soldier was killed in action, another two were wounded in action in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on January 1, 2019.
"In the past day, one soldier of the Joint Forces was killed and two were wounded," the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said on Facebook in its morning update as of 07:00 on Kyiv time on January 2. "In connection with the shelling of the Joint Forces' positions by armed formations of the Russian Federation and their mercenaries, the Ukrainian military took adequate measures in response to preserve the life and health of the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."
Russian-led military forces violated the ceasefire three times in the past day.
They used proscribed weapons in one instance. Weapons with calibers exceeding 100mm are banned under the 2015 Minsk II agreement from a 50-kilometer zone running along the front line between Ukrainian and Russian-led forces in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
Ukrainian positions near the village of Hnutove in the Mariupol were struck by 82mm mortar rounds. The enemy used weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various systems and small arms near the villages of Khutir Vilny and Novotoshkivske in the Luhansk sector.
According to Ukrainian intelligence reports, one enemy soldier was eliminated and another four were wounded on January 1.
"Since Wednesday midnight, the enemy has not opened fire yet. The Ukrainian military continues to reliably control the contact line, while adhering to the conditions of a complete ceasefire," the JFO press center said.
On December 31, Russian-led hybrid military forces mounted four attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas. Two Joint Forces soldiers were wounded.