Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The enemy engaged Ukrainian defenders with 120-120 mm mortars and howitzers in the latest escalation in eastern Ukraine's Donbas warzone.

In the area near Pisky and Avdiyivka, a Ukrainian GAZ-66 military truck was hit, while one of the reconnaissance battalions suffered casualties, journalist Yuriy Butusov wrote on Facebook.

Earlier this morning, Ukrainian positions were shelled as the enemy employed 120-122 mm mortars and howitzers before the Ukrainian side returned fire an hour later.

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In turn, war journalist Andriy Tsaplienko reported via Telegram that one seriously injured Ukrainian military serviceman died as he was being evacuated.


The Joint Forces Operation HQ issued a statement on the latest spark of hostilities: "Today, on March 10, Russian occupation forces attacked the positions of Ukrainian defenders in the Donetsk direction. Russian invaders engaged the Joint Forces' positions with weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements, in particular, 120 mm mortars, and also opened fire employing grenade launchers of various types, heavy machine guns, and small arms weapons."

"Now the battle is over, and to suppress enemy fire, JFO units employed available weapons and delivered an adequate response to the Russian invaders, the report reads.

"In addition, the enemy hit a JF military truck with an anti-tank guided missile. As a result of the hit, losses are reported among Ukrainian defenders," the press center said.

As reported earlier, over the past day, March 9, Russian-led forces in Donbas ten times violated the ceasefire.