Escalation in Donbas: Militants attack Ukraine 44 times, 1 WIA in last day
Russia's hybrid military forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 44 times in the past 24 hours, with one Ukrainian soldier reported as wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
"As was the case in the past few days, the situation was most tense in the Donetsk sector. Here, the largest number of enemy fire provocations was recorded near the village of Zaitseve. Starting from 18:00 Kyiv time, the militants attacked the Ukrainian positions five times from infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. In addition, the Ukrainian fortified positions in the Avdiyivka industrial zone came under militant fire three times at the end of the day, while those near the village of Maiorsk were attacked twice.
Read alsoPoroshenko signs long-awaited law on amnesty for Ukraine soldiers with minor offenceIn the Mariupol sector, the Russian occupation forces used small arms three times near the village of Pavlopil. At about 20:00 Kyiv time, they launched five 82mm caliber mines near this village. Enemy fire from small arms was also recorded near the villages of Hnutove, Talakivka, Lebedynske and Shyrokyne.
One Ukrainian defender was wounded near the town of Maryinka as a result of the enemy shelling from grenade launchers.
Read alsoSchool-year start in ATO zone: militants shell Ukraine troops 20 times, army returns fire onceIn the Luhansk sector, at about 21:00 Kyiv time, cynically disregarding ceasefire agreements and deliberately endangering civilians, the Russian-backed mercenaries started firing small arms on the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. Despite full readiness to return fire, the ATO forces did not open fire in response, thus fulfilling ceasefire agreements and showing restraint for the sake of peace. "This fact once again confirmed that the militants do not wish to observe the ceasefire in this area, which had to begin the process of "mirror" withdrawal of troops," the ATO HQ said.