The situation in the conflict zone in the east of Ukraine zone remains tense. Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire 19 times yesterday; Ukrainian troops responded with fire 12 times, reported Colonel Andriy Lysenko, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO, at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. At night, Russian proxies used Minsk-proscribed 122-mm artillery.
In Luhansk sector, militants violated the ceasefire 14 times. At about 22:00, they fired twenty 122-mm artillery rounds aiming for Ukrainian positions near Staryi Aidar. “In the evening. militants undertook several mortar attacks at our positions near Krymske and Luhanske, firing a total of twenty-three 82-mm mortar rounds. From time to time. they accompanied mortar attacks with fire from automatic grenade launchers,” noted the spokesman. In addition, Russian proxies opened small arms fire near Donets, Triokhizbenka, Valuiske, and Zolote. Ukrainian servicemen responded with fire using weapons not prohibited under the Minsk agreements.
In Donetsk sector, Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire 5 times: three small arms attacks were recorded in Avdiivka area, Ukrainian positions near Vodiane and Slavne came under hostile fire as well.
No ceasefire violations were recorded in Mariupol sector.
Two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in action yesterday.
According to Ukrainian Chief Intelligence Directorate, Russian proxies actively lay mines in the area of the disposition of the so-called 1st and the 2nd Army Corps. “This increases the threat to the civilians and complicates their everyday life. For instance, after mines were laid, people had to stop using roads and swathes of land which were the most comfortable for getting around in the area,” emphasized Col. Lysenko.