No Ukrainian serviceman was killed or wounded in action yesterday in the ATO zone. Hostilities took place only in Donetsk and Mariupol sectors. Maryinka residential quarters came under hostile fire. “The enemy opened 82-mm fire at Maryinka residential quarters around 16:30, damaging seven private buildings,” said Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO- related issues Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
In addition to Maryinka, in Mariupol sector militants violated the ceasefire in Novotroitske and in Pavlopil – Shyrokyne frontline. Brief mortar attack occurred in Lebedynske. “The enemy was traditionally active in the evening. Ukrainian troops actively responded with fire,” said the spokesman.
In Donetsk sector militants violated the ceasefire eight times. Russian proxies were shelling Avdiivka both during the day and at night. “Moreover, lengthy attack happened in the adjacent Shakhta Butovka position. Moreover, militants shelled three Ukrainian strongholds near Horlivka,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. Ukrainian troops responded with fire.
Col. Motuzyanyk informed that according to the General Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, militants’ activity near Horlivka and Pavlopil – Shyrokyne frontline results from provocations of their own recce. “Hostile infiltrators get to so-called neutral zone, engage their own positions and blame it on Ukrainian troops. Moreover, there are episodes when militants shoot and set grass and shrubbery on fire to try and make our troops withdraw from their positions,” explained the spokesman.