Militants ‘attempt to attack frontline positions’ of Ukrainian troops
Russian-backed militants in the Donbas are continuing to flagrantly violate the Minsk agreement, shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian targets, also using artillery and heavy infantry weapons, head of the Information Resistance group and MP Dmitry Tymchuk wrote on his page on Facebook on Monday.
In some areas the militants and Russian mercenaries are trying to carry out attacks on the forward positions of Ukrainian troops. Their main activity is focused in the Donetsk area.
"In particular, over the past days, with artillery and heavy infantry weapons, there were attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of Avdiyivka. Attacks were also launched on the positions of Ukrainian troops near Krasnogorovka, Opytne, and Tonenke," Tymchuk wrote.
In the area from Krasnogorovka to the south-west of Horlivka Russian-backed militants are trying to oust Ukrainian troops from their positions by conducting offensive operations, Tymchuk said. At the moment, these attempts are being stopped by Ukrainian troops, but the enemy is continuing to strengthen its forces in this area.
In this area Russian-backed forceshave deployed a task force consisting of 500 people in Yasinovata, and reserve formations operating from the Kuibyshevsky and Kyivsky regions of Donetsk totaling 2,000 people are receiving reinforcements and equipment. Also in the area the group’s sources spotted the movement of four armored groups of the militants, supported by three artillery groups that were spotted earlier. The total number of tanks concentrated in this relatively narrow area exceeds 25, in addition to several dozens of armored combat vehicles (at least 50), Tymchuk said.
"The enemy is also continuing to restore fighting capacity of its units and carry out their regrouping. An armored group of the terrorists (six tanks, 11 armored combat vehicles, six rocket launcher systems) was spotted moving from the area near Yenakievo towards Yasinovata," Tymchuk wrote.
In the area near Debaltseve (Svitlodarsk, Popasna, Troitske) the militants have used 120-mm mortars twice in the last day in attacks on Ukrainian units.