Ministry of Defense: Militants fire about 40 mortar rounds in Maryinka district


In total, Russia-backed militants conducted 15, 8 and 12 ceasefire violations in Mariupol, Luhansk and Donetsk sectors correspondingly.

In Mariupol sector militants were active in Maryinka district. They conducted three intense mortar attacks in Krasnohorivka and Maryinka between 17:00 and 22:00, firing about 40 mortar rounds. Ukrainian troops responded with fire twice, reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

The situation in the south remains unchanged. Militants attacked about 10 Ukrainian strongholds employing snipers, armor and mortars. The largest number of attacks occurred in Chermalyk and Vodiane. “Moreover, militants violated the ceasefire once in Berezove,” added Col. Motuzyanyk.

In Luhansk sector, Russian proxies conducted three attacks near Donets railway station – in the morning, during the day and in the evening, using various types of weapons. The third attack was the most intense and lasted around two hours. “Russia-backed militants conducted a synchronized attack on two Ukrainian positions near Krymske in the evening. In Novotoshkivske the enemy employed snipers and mortars, firing 12 rounds,” said the spokesman. Militants also conducted a 20-minute attack with automatic grenade launcher near Novozvanivka.

In Donetsk sector three fourths of hostilities took place in five-kilometer Kamianka-Avdiivka-Shakhta Butovka frontline. Russian proxies started shooting after 10:00 and intensified attacks in the evening, firing non-stop for more than six hours. Militants were using mortars, as usual. Enemy snipers were active too,” said Col. Motuzyanyk. Three hostile attacks took place in Troitske, Zaitseve and Verkhniotoretske, but no heavy weapons were used. The ceasefire held in Donetsk airport.

No Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action yesterday, but two troops were wounded. “Grievously, a soldier of Ukrainian Armed Forces died in Dnipro hospital today of severe head injuries sustained near Avdiivka May 13,” informed Col. Motuzyanyk.

Report on the military developments as of May 31 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.