Situation in Donetsk sector remains difficult along entire frontline


No Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action yesterday, but two troops were wounded. In Donetsk sector the situation remains tense along the entire contact line. Militants used 152-mm cannons to shell Novobakhmutivka north of Avdiivka, informed Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

“Militants attacked from Yasynuvata, firing on the average one projectile in 40 minutes,” explained the spokesman. Russian proxies used heavy weapons in Zaitseve and Svitlodarsk area, but reduced its engagement in Kamianka-Avdiivka-Shakhta Butovka frontline. “The enemy sporadically fired several mortar shells here, using mostly light weapons and violating the ceasefire after dark,” explained Col. Lysenko. Militants violated the armistice twice near Donetsk airport, shelling Pisky.

In Mariupol sector Russia-backed militants used mortars in one incident near Maryinka. “The enemy fired five mortar shells, and a hostile sniper was shooting in Krasnohorivka after dawn. One incident in the vicinity of Dokuchaevsk occurred in Novoselivka Druha, where the enemy used small arms,” said Col. Lysenko. Militants shelled with mortars Ukrainian strongholds in Chermalyk, Pavlopil and Hnutove. “Hostilities were the most intense in Pavlopil, where pro-Russian militant fired about 30 mortar shells and then used artillery. […] In Shyrokyne the enemy fired from small arms from 15:00 till sunset and sporadically shelled several mortar rounds at ATO troops,” elaborated Col. Lysenko.

Militants are sporadically violating the ceasefire in Luhansk sector. The situation was the most restless in Troitske. “Russian proxies used mortars against ATO troops in the evening there. The ceasefire fully held in other Ukrainian positions in Popasna district. Militants were intensely firing from grenade launchers in Novotoshkivske in the morning,” said Col. Lysenko. Russia-backed militant groups fired four mortar shells at Ukrainian troops during two incidents and engaged APC weapons and grenade launchers. The ceasefire held in Stanytsia Luhanska district.

Report on the military developments as of May 26 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.