Donbas war escalation: Three soldiers killed, two wounded amid 18 enemy attacks in past day
Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another two were wounded as Russia-led forces mounted 18 attacks in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Monday, July 13.
"The Russian Federation's armed formations violated the ceasefire 18 times in the past day," the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation Headquarters said on Facebook in an update as of 07:00 Kyiv time on July 14.
The enemy opened fire from proscribed 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns, and small arms.
Hot spots were Ukrainian positions near the town of Avdiyivka, and the villages of Sartana, Vodiane, Pyshchevyk, Kamianka, Slavne, Pervomaiske, Luhanske, Krymske, Khutir Vilny, and Mayorsk.
Disengagement site No. 2 Zolote was also under attack, as one 120mm mortar shell was lobbed in there.
What is more, while attempting to evacuate the body of a serviceman killed near the village of Zaitseve, the evacuation team got into an enemy ambush. A military medic was shot dead almost at point-blank range, one soldier was wounded, and another sustained combat-related injuries. The evacuation operation could not continue amid ongoing firing from grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. The bodies still remain at the site of shelling and need to be removed.
"In total, three of our courageous defenders were killed in action, one was wounded in action, and another one sustained combat-related injuries The Joint Forces Command expresses deep condolences to the families and friends of the dead Ukrainian heroes," the JFO HQ said.
The Joint Forces returned fire to each enemy attack. According to intelligence reports, one member of Russia-led forces was killed and another two were wounded on July 13.
"Since Tuesday midnight, Russia-led forces have attacked Ukrainian positions once, near Avdiyivka, using grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns," the update said.
There have been no Ukrainian army casualties since Tuesday midnight.