Photo from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

"The ATO forces returned fire 17 times, thus forcing the enemy to observe the ceasefire. Three our soldiers were wounded as a result of hostilities," the ATO HQ wrote on Facebook.

The situation in the ATO area somewhat escalated last night as the enemy intensified its attacks significantly in the Donetsk sector after 18:00. The militants fired at Ukrainian strong points near the town of Avdiyivka until midnight, using grenade launchers and machine guns. The Ukrainian military fired back to suppress the enemy's activity. As a result of the confrontation, one of Ukraine's defenders was wounded.

In the evening, the ATO positions came under enemy fire from infantry weapons near the villages of Pesky and Zaitseve, as well as near Butivka coal mine. Moreover, the Ukrainian strongholds outside the village of Luhanske were attacked twice. The militants also fired 120mm mortars near the village of Troyitske.

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In addition, the militants fired 82mm mortars on ATO strongholds outside the village of Triokhizbenka. They used all types of infantry weapons near the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska, Novozvanivka, and Valuyske.

In the evening hours, the Russia-backed militants attacked the Ukrainian strongholds near the villages of Talakivka and Taramchuk in the Mariupol sector.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed Decree No. 351/2017 on the establishment of the military and civil administration in the villages of Shyrokyne and Berdianske in Donetsk region's Volnovakha district.