Militants continue firing on Shyrokyne, despite statements on demilitarization
Russian-backed militants attacked Ukrainian army positions and civilian areas in eastern Ukraine with the use of banned heavy weapons 54 times in the last day, the press center of the Anti-Terrorist Operation wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
"A relative slowdown in militants' activity was rather short-term yesterday. By midnight, the militants violated the ceasefire more than 30 times along different sections of the demarcation line," the press center said in a report.
The village of Pisky and the town of Maryinka were again under fire, militants were firing mortars of various calibers and grenade launchers, the report said.
"In the same area, the militants fired 122mm howitzers on the village of Pervomaiske, as well as 120mm mortars on the villages of Slavne and Taramchuk," the press center wrote.
In Luhansk region, the militants fired mortars, anti-tank systems, small arms and rocket-propelled grenades on the villages of Novotoshkivske, Stanytsia Luhanska, Krymske, and the town of Zolote.
"In the direction of Mariupol, the Russian mercenaries fired tank shells and mortars on the village of Starohnativka. In addition, around midnight the militants fired 122mm and 152mm artillery systems on the outskirts of the village of Berdianske. At the same time, breaking their promises of demilitarization, the fighters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic militant organizations continued to attack the village of Shyrokyne," the press center said.
"After midnight, the militants have already attacked Ukrainian army positions 10 times. The Ukrainian military give an adequate and effective response, using allowed weapons," the press center said.