Militants are trying to shift frontline, Ukrainian troops respond with fire


In Donetsk sector militants violated the ceasefire in Verkhniotoretske in the morning. They shelled Ukrainian positions in Zaitseve three times in the evening, using armor in each incident. A mortar attack started in Kamianka-Avdiivka-Shakhta Butovka position and lasted almost two hours, informed Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO related issues Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “The situation escalated towards the evening: the enemy increased mortar fire and engaged tanks. Hostile attacks continued till late night, and Ukrainian troops responded with fire. Aggressive hostile actions are the evidence of the enemy’s desire to move the frontline eastwards. Nevertheless, their efforts traditionally failed,” he said. Hostilities started in Svitlodarsk area in the evening. “The enemy used light weapons, mortars, and armor, shooting from two different directions. Militants fired 25 mortar shells,” added Col. Lysenko.

In Mariupol sector Russia-backed militants opened mortar fire at Krasnohorivka and Maryinka. “After 23:00 the enemy also engaged barrel artillery. In total, they fired over 50 shells and projectiles at our positions in 3.5 hours, hitting residential quarters. Ukrainian troops actively responded with fire,” said the spokesman. Mortar attacks and several provocations with light weapons took place in Vodiane and Shyrokyne.

 Only one hostile attack occurred in Luhansk sector yesterday – in Novooleksandrivka, where militants used sniper weapons. One Ukrainian serviceman died in combat, and nine were wounded.

 A memorial service for killed Ukrainian officers took place in Kyiv yesterday. Maksym Shapoval from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense and Yuriy Voznyi from the Security Service of Ukraine died in car bombing on June 27. “The President of Ukraine awarded Maksym Shapoval with post-mortem military rank of Major General and decorated Yuriy Voznyi with the III grade of the Order “For Courage”, said Col. Lysenko.

Report on the military developments as of June 30 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.