Ministry of Defense: Situation escalates in ATO zone, militants commit 41 ceasefire violations yesterday


The situation in ATO zone escalated in Donetsk and Mariupol sectors yesterday. Two intense attacks also took place in Luhansk sector. “In total, Russia-backed militants attacked Ukrainian troops positions 41 times, using aimed fire 35 times. Ukrainian troops had to respond with fire to most attacks,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

In Donetsk sector, militants violated the ceasefire 22 times.  They attacked Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka five times. Moreover, Ukrainian strongholds near Pisky came under fire four times, and positions near Nevelske, Luhanske, and Zaitseve were attacked three times each. Militants used grenade launchers and small arms. “Ukrainian troops responded to the most daring provocations with the fire of mounted grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns, and small arms,” said the spokesman.

In Mariupol sector, militants conducted 14 aimed attacks. Russian proxies attacked Ukrainian positions near Shyrokyne, Talakivka, and Vodiane three times. “In addition to grenade launchers and small arms, the enemy used mortars, firing four rounds. Ukrainian troops responded adequately in all cases. Moreover, militants fired three mortar rounds against our positions near Maryinka, but our troops responded with the fire of grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns,” elaborated the spokesman.

In Luhansk sector, militants conducted two intense attacks near Krymske in the evening.  “The enemy conducted a complex attack using a tank, grenade launchers, and small arms.  Moreover, they fired 10 mortar rounds at our positions. Our troops returned fire using weapons not proscribed under Minsk agreements,” elaborated the spokesman. After 20:00 militants attacked Ukrainian positions near Novooleksandrivka three times with small arms and hand-held grenade launchers.  In total, militants violated the ceasefire five times in Luhansk sector.

 No Ukrainian serviceman was killed in action yesterday, but one soldier was wounded.

Report on the military developments as of October 11 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.