Ministry of Defense: Militants continue attacking Ukrainian positions


Militants continue shelling Ukrainian positions in Donetsk and Mariupol sectors.  “Yesterday, Russia-backed troops violated the ceasefire 13 times in Donetsk sector and nine times in Mariupol sector,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

In Donetsk sector, Zaitseve and Avdiivka were the main flashpoints.  “Militants were active after 17:00 and used mostly small arms. In Avdiivka and Shakhta Butovka position Ukrainian troops had to return fire,” said Col. Motuzyanyk.

In Mariupol sector, Russian proxies continued violating the ceasefire in the southern area in Hnutove – Shyrokyne frontline. Two attacks took place in Maryinka checkpoint and in Starohnativka. “The enemy mostly attacked at nighttime. Ukrainian troops responded with fire twice,” elaborated the spokesman.

In Luhansk sector, militants conducted three attacks in Stanytsia Luhanska area and Krymske, using mortars once.

No Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action yesterday, but one soldier was wounded in a hostile attack in Avdiivka.

Report on the military developments as of September 13 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.