"Harvest ceasefire" in Donbas fails

10:10, 25 June 2017
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The so-called "harvest ceasefire" in Donbas has failed as Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian troops 26 times along the entire contact line in the past day, according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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"The invaders repeatedly used types of weapons that are strictly forbidden by the Minsk agreements," the ATO HQ said on Facebook in its update based in information from 08:00 on Saturday, June 24, to 08:00 on Sunday, June 25.

The truce in the Mariupol sector lasted until 18:00 on Saturday, after which Ukrainian troops stationed there were attacked seven times.

Read alsoUkraine reports 48 enemy attacks, 2 WIA's in last dayEight instances of the violation of the ceasefire were registered in the Donetsk sector. The enemy used small arms, large-caliber machine guns, anti-tank grenade launchers, and an anti-tank missile system.

Most of the attacks were registered in the Luhansk sector where the Ukrainian army was attacked 11 times. Such proscribed weapons as 120mm mortars and 100mm artillery systems were used along with infantry weapons. Infantry fighting vehicles were also engaged.

"Two Ukrainian servicemen were killed in action in the past day. One soldier was wounded in action, another two suffered battle trauma," the ATO HQ said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the Donbas crisis upheld local councils' requests for a ceasefire for the period of harvesting starting from June 24, the so-called "harvest ceasefire." In keeping with the agreements, the full ceasefire should be observed from June 24 to August 31.

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