Kyiv, February 21, 2016. Four Ukrainian troops were released from captivity with support of the Security Service of Ukraine. “Senior sergeant Serhiy Harnaha from the 28th separate mechanized brigade, junior sergeant Serhiy Dmytruk from the 1stVolyn battalion, private Oleksandr Makukha from the 40th Kryvbas battalion and private Vadym Kyrpychenko from the 53rd separate mechanized brigade came back to their families on February 20,”said Colonel Motuzyanyk, spokesman of PresidentialAdministration on ATO-related issues at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
According to Col. Motuzyanyk, 56 militants’ attacks with fire were registered in the ATO zone yesterday. The armistice held in the Luhansk sector. In the Donetsk sector the situation was the most difficult in the vicinity of Zaitseve-Mayorsk and Pisky. “Russia-backed militant groups used a 120-mm mortar launcher and armored personnel carrier once, and attacked with sniping fire three times. Occupants used anti-tank missile systems near Luhanske, and a number of militants’’ provocations were instigated in Avdiivka. At the same time, Russia-backed militants engage intense sniping fire in Mariinka and Krasnohorivka in the Mariupol sector. Ukrainian troops recorded four incidents of mortar shelling on Hnutove-Talakivka defense line. Moreover, two firefights between the ATO troops and the adversaries took place in Shyrokyne, elaborated the spokesman.
One Ukrainian serviceman died in combat in Mariinka in the last 24 hours.