Militants escalated hostilities in all sectors and are using large caliber weapons. They violated the ceasefire in Mariupol, Luhansk and Donetsk sectors 39, 12 and 26 times correspondingly, reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
In Mariupol sector Russian proxies used large caliber weapons at the frontline from Krasnohorivka to the Azov Sea. They launched 16 Grad missiles and fired several mortar rounds at Ukrainian positions in Bohdanivka. Enemy’s mortar shells damaged two houses in Krasnohorivka; in Pavlopil projectiles hit a local school causing serious damage. Moreover, enemy shelling damaged the premises of State Border Guard Service. “The fragments damaged gas and water pipelines, as well as power line. One shell didn’t explode, State Emergency Service engineers have already defused it,” said the spokesman.
Hostilities in Luhansk sector started after 14:00 and continued till late night. Militants used mortars six times and barrel artillery once in Krymske-Novotoshkivske frontline. They fired over 50 mortar rounds from several positions at once. “Pro-Russian militants didn’t use heavy weapons in Stanytsia Luhanska and Popasna districts,” added Col. Motuzyanyk.
In Donetsk sector the situation escalated in Avdiivka and Donetsk airport. “Main hostilities started after 12:00 and continued till the end of the day. The enemy fired over 230 mortar rounds and about 30 tank projectiles at our positions,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. Militants’ snipers were active as well. The situation was restless near Horlivka. A local inhabitant was wounded in a hostile mortar shelling in Verkhniotoretske. He was urgently taken to hospital in Toretsk.
No Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action yesterday, but four troops were wounded.