Massive hostilities continue at the Svitlodarsk bulge. The previous day started with firefight near Luhanske lasting five hours non-stop, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense on ATO related issues Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “Adversaries attacked with mortar launchers and cannons, launching dozens of shells and mortar bombs. Two more hostile attacks took place in this area later, with total length of four hours,” he said. Moreover, militants are trying to reconnoiter the ground to conduct bypass attack. “In particular, intense hostile attacks took place in Troitske and Vozdvyzhenka. Insurgents used batteries of heavy weapons: mortar launchers and cannons. Moreover, hostile artillery hit Myronivka again. A residential building and a police car was damaged as a result of militants’ aggressive actions in Svitlodarsk,” added the spokesman.
“Christmas armistice” started in the East Ukraine today. It envisages complete indefinite cessation of hostilities. “As of 11 a.m., enemy violated the agreement, conducting four attacks in the Luhansk and Mariupol
In addition to Troitske-Novoluhanske area, active hostilities in the Donetsk sector continued in Horlivka perimeter. Militants shelled Ukrainian positions in Toretsk satellite villages, Verkhniotoretske
Intense mortar and artillery attack continue 24/7 in Talakivka-Shyrokyne
Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no losses in combat yesterday, one serviceman was wounded and four more sustained blast injury.
Moreover, Ukrainian troops organized a checkpoint in Novoluhanske village in the Donetsk sector yesterday. “It was done at the request of locals as the settlement was not effectively controlled by any side. These measures will allow bringing in humanitarian aid,” elaborated the spokesman.