Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has shown the aftermath of the latest enemy shelling in Luhansk region on February 18 amid a "marked spike" of ceasefire violations, as the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission put it.

The relevant video has been published on the ministry's official website.

Ukrainian soldiers serving in the Popasna district have said terrorists employed weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements.

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"This was all happening simultaneously, for about five hours, in a coordinated manner, along a wide front sector – they opened fire both at us and our neighboring units. They employed artillery, mortars, and even tanks... Apparently, the enemy hoped they would penetrate our defense positions but they didn't expect a decent and adequate rebuff," one of the soldiers said.

"On February 18, the illegal armed groups violated the ceasefire 22 times. Ukrainian positions were attacked from proscribed 152mm and 122mm artillery systems, 120mm and 82mm mortars, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various types, heavy machine guns, and other small arms. In particular, the enemy launched 16 artillery shells and 18 mortar shells near the town of Popasna in Luhansk region," the ministry said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, one Ukrainian military serviceman was killed in action and another six were wounded in enemy shelling on February 18.