Ministry of Defense: Russia-backed militants decrease the number of attacks yet use heavy artillery


Russian proxies decreased the intensity of hostilities in eastern Ukraine and committed a total of four ceasefire violations yesterday. “All the attacks took place in Luhansk sector,” reported Col. Maksym Prauta, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine spokesperson on ATO-related issues at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

The militants fired ten 152-mm artillery rounds near Pidlisne and used 82-mm mortars and heavy machine guns near Krymske.  Ukrainian positions near Lobacheve and Stanytsia Luhanska came under fire of hostile small arms and grenade launchers.

Ukrainian troops returned fire two times using weapons not proscribed under the Minsk agreements. Fortunately, Ukrainian troops incurred no losses yesterday.

“The ATO press center reports that a part of Luhanske residential quarters in Donetsk sector was cut off the power supply, and three civilian houses were damaged resulting from the hostile fire. Fortunately, no civilian losses were reported”, the ATO spokesperson added.

Report on the military developments as of February 24 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.