The number and intensity of militants’ attacks significantly decreased, informed Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “Nevertheless, regardless of agreements on the ceasefire that JCCC reached, militants continue shelling Ukrainian Armed Forces’ positions. In particular, they used Minsk proscribed 120-mm mortars two times,” he said.
In Donetsk sector militants conducted two brief provocations, using grenade launchers in Zaitseve and mortars in Avdiivka.
In Luhansk sector militants violated the ceasefire eight times, conducting three small arms provocations in Stanytsia Luhanska and three in Popasna districts. Around 23:00 Russian proxies mortar shelled Krymske and Kriakivka.
In Mariupol sector militants attacked 18 times, using heavy weapons in three incidents. “Russia-backed troops conducted two brief mortar attacks on Chermalyk and one middle intensity shelling at Maryinka,” elaborated Col. Lysenko. Moreover, hostile snipers were active: they opened fire nine times in Pavlopil-Shyrokyne frontline and Maryinka.
Col. Lysenko confirmed the information about 93th brigade coming into new positions. Nevertheless, he emphasized that relocation does not violate the Minsk agreements. “Considering the fact of permanent attacks at areas where Ukrainian troops locate, including observation points and strongholds, command of brigades deployed near the contact line regularly takes decisions to move observation points and strongholds. It is done to secure the troops’ lives and improve the position in terms of engineering arrangements, as the enemy adjusts fire from time to time. […] I do emphasize that no active offense or contact line crossing takes place. Ukraine is strictly observing the Minsk agreements,” said the spokesman.
No Ukrainian serviceman was killed or wounded in action yesterday.