Ukrainian troops incurred no losses over the last day. A total of nine attacks were recorded in the combat zone. “Russia-backed militant groups keep using the proscribed large-caliber artillery systems, mortars and weapons mounted on infantry fighting vehicles (IFV). Ukrainian troops returned fire three times with the weapons not proscribed under the Minsk agreements,” reported the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press-briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
Russia’s proxies made seven attacks in Luhansk sector. “The situation was particularly tense in the Svitlodarsk area. In the second half of the day Russia-backed militants fired upon the Ukrainian troops in Luhanske with 152-mm artillery and 82-mm mortars. Militants fired a total of three large-caliber shells and 27 mortar rounds upon the Ukrainian positions. Late in the evening Ukrainian positions outside Luhanske came under fire once again, this time they were attacked with small arms,” Colonel Lysenko said. On the outskirts of Lozove Russia’s proxies fired seventeen 82-mm mortar rounds and five more 82-mm mortar rounds near Novoluhanske. “The enemy violated ceasefire three times near Novoluhanske using IFV-mounted weapons,” the ATO spokesman said.
In Donetsk sector Russia-backed militants violated ceasefire twice. They fired two 120-mm mortar rounds as well as fired from hand-held grenade launchers in the area of Pavlopil. Ukrainian troops returned fire with grenade launchers.