Donbas is seeing escalation on Thursday / Photo from UNIAN

Ukraine's Defense Ministry has reported escalation in Donbas, the country's east, as one Ukrainian soldier has been killed in action, two have been wounded in action, and another four have sustained combat-related injuries since Thursday midnight.

"Unfortunately, one member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been killed as a result of criminal actions by the Russian-led occupation forces today," Press Secretary of Ukraine's Defense Ministry Maksym Prauta said during an online briefing on May 21.

"Two of our soldiers were wounded, four more sustained combat-related injuries. All of them have been evacuated to hospitals for necessary assistance," he added.

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From 00:00 to 12:30 Kyiv time on May 21, Russia-led forces mounted three attacks on Ukrainian positions.

In the Luhansk sector, enemy troops fired three 120mm shells to attack Ukraine's Joint Forces deployed near the village of Krymske at night.

In the Donetsk sector, the enemy opened fire from rifles near the village of Bohdanivka in the early hours of May 21.

In the morning, Russia-led forces attacked Ukrainian positions near the village of Starohnativka, using shoulder-fired anti-tank and under-barrel grenade launchers, as well as rifles.

Members of Ukraine's Joint Forces fired back, using available weapons.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia's hybrid military forces on May 20 mounted 18 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, with two Ukrainian soldiers reported as wounded in action.