Ministry of Defense: Militants commit three ceasefire violations, use mortars in one of them


Russia-backed militants committed three ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine yesterday, one of them involved 82-mm mortars. “Ukrainian troops did not return fire,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. 

In Luhansk sector, militants used automatic grenade launcher near Luhanske and small arms near Travneve. The latter attack continued for 30 minutes.

In Donetsk sector, Russian proxies violated the ceasefire once, near Pavlopil. “Militants delivered a 40-minute complex attack using 82-mm mortars and infantry weapons, including large-caliber ones. They fired eight mortar rounds,” noted Col. Motuzyanyk.

Unfortunately, two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in action yesterday near Travneve and Luhanske.

Report on the military developments as of January 9 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.