Russian occupation forces today, September 6, violated the ceasefire agreement enforced on August 27 by employing an easel-mounted grenade launcher to fire VOG-17 rounds at the Joint Forces' defense positions near Krasnohorivka.
That's according to an update by the Joint Forces Operation Headquarters, posted on Facebook.
"The Joint Forces Command reports that on September 6, on the 42nd day of full and comprehensive ceasefire, Russian Federation's armed groups violated the agreements reached by the Trilateral Contact Group and carried out targeted shelling of Ukrainian positions. The enemy brazenly opened fire using an automatic grenade launcher, firing three VOG-17 rounds at a Joint Forces' unit in the area of the village of Krasnohorivka," the report reads.
A Ukrainian military serviceman, who was engaged in wildfire response work, was wounded in the shelling, the report reads.
It is noted that the soldier was promptly provided with first aid before being evacuated to a hospital.
Read alsoFokin's "compromise." Why Ukraine should forget about forgiving enemy in Donbas"Such brazen action by the enemy indicates that the Russian armed groups are purposefully going for disrupting the agreements reached by the Trilateral Contact Group on July 22, 2020. Today's shelling proves once again that the so-called leadership of the occupied areas does not aim to achieve peace," reads the statement.
At the same time, it is noted that the Joint Forces give another chance to the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" to fulfill the requirements designated by the Trilateral Contact Group on July 22 to observe full and comprehensive ceasefire.
Otherwise, the next shelling of Ukrainian positions will lead to the Joint Forces providing an adequate rebuff employing all forces and means available, the headquarters said.
On Sunday evening, the JFO Command reported another attack by enemy forces in Donbas. Near Prychipilovka, Luhansk region, the enemy opened gun fire, killing a Ukrainian soldier.
Ukrainian troops delivered an adequate rebuff to the attack, employing weapons available. Enemy casualties are being verified.
Donbas ceasefire: background
- Participants in the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, and the OSCE) on the peace settlement in Donbas on July 22 agreed on a full and comprehensive ceasefire along the contact line from 00:01 on Monday, July 27.
- On the very first day of the newly-agreed truce, Russia's hybrid military forces mounted three attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine.
- On September 5, a Russian puppet warlord in Donbas, Denis Pushilin, threatened to engage Ukrainian positions at 08:00 Kyiv time on September 7 claiming that Ukrainian troops had gained ground in a certain area of the warzone.
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine was initiating an extraordinary meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group over the threats voiced.