Ministry of Defense: Militants use 152-mm artillery in Luhansk sector


Russia-backed militant groups conducted a series of heavy weapon attacks in Luhansk sector of ATO zone yesterday. “Militants used 120-mm mortars in Novotoshkivske twice during the night, and conducted 152-mm artillery attack in the morning,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Andriy Lysenko at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. The ceasefire held in the sector between 7:00 and 23:00, but late at night militants attacked Novozvanivka with mortars and grenade launchers, and Stanytsia area with light weapons. In total, militants violated the ceasefire eight times in Luhansk sector, using heavy weapons five times.

In Donetsk sector, Ukrainian Armed Forces recorded 11 ceasefire violations.  The situation was the tensest in Pisky, where militants conducted complex medium-intensity attack involving mortars, grenade launchers, and APC mounted weapons. Russian proxies used only light weapons in Horlivka perimeter and Kamianka-Avdiivka frontline.

In Mariupol sector, militants conducted four attacks at Ukrainian positions, three of these took place in Vodiane.  “Militants were using machine guns and grenade launchers in these provocations.  Another attack involving small arms took place in Starohnativka,” added the spokesman.

Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no casualties yesterday.

Report on the military developments as of September 19 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.