The Ukrainian military had to fire back / Photo from UNIAN, by Anatoliy Stepanov

Russia-led illegal armed formations mounted 12 attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday, May 22.

This was reported by the press center of the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Headquarters in a morning update on Facebook on May 23.

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Hot spots were the villages of Pisky, Pivdenne, areas near the villages of Vodiane, Prychepylivka, and Zolote-4.

The Ukrainian military had to fire back to repel the enemy attacks.

"One Ukrainian serviceman was wounded amid enemy fire. The soldier was rushed to the hospital, where he was provided with the necessary medical aid. His condition is serious," the report said.

In addition, Russia's occupation forces shelled civilian infrastructure in Pisky, using 120mm mortars. A mortar shell hit a private house. The facility was damaged, no casualties were reported.

From 00:00 to 07:00 a.m. Kyiv time on Sunday, May 23, Ukraine reported two enemy attacks in the JFO zone.

Outlook for Donbas

Spokesman for the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) at Minsk talks Oleksiy Arestovych says that the future of the Donbas peace process will be decided after October 1.

He also outlined what factors the negotiation process on Donbas would depend on.

"There are several interesting processes that are going on. Firstly, there will be a meeting between [U.S. President Joe] Biden and [his Russian counterpart Vladimir] Putin, it will decide a lot. Secondly, there will be a possible meeting between [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky and Putin, it can decide a lot. Or cannot," he said.

"Thirdly, there will be the replacement of German Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, which is to take place in September; elections to the State Duma [in Russia], and [the issue] where Russian troops should move from our borders, as the Zapad [West] 2021 military drills are scheduled for early September. That is, on October 1, it will become clear what direction the peace process has been heading to; then the situation in Europe will be reformatted; we will know about Nord Stream [2 outcome], we will see the situation in the EU-U.S.-Russia-Ukraine quadrangle," he added.

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