Over the last day, Russia-backed militants attacked Ukrainian troops five times and used 120-mm mortars for the first time since March 5. “The enemy fired a total of about twenty 82-mm and 120-mm mortar rounds,” reported Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman on ATO Dmytro Hutsulyak at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.In Luhansk sector, Russian proxies violated the ceasefire twice. Starting 12:00, militants were attacking Ukrainian troops near Novhorodske with heavy machine guns and small arms. After 22:20 militants delivered another attack in Luhanske area using grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns,” Colonel Hutsulyak added.
In Donetsk sector, Russia-backed militants attacked Ukrainian troops’ positions three times. At about 06:00, militants shelled Pavlopil area with 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and grenade launchers. At 17:30, militants used 82-mm mortars and IFV mounted weapons against Ukrainian troops outside Vodiane. “Another hostile attack was recorded near Avdiivka between 23:00 and midnight. The enemy used 82-mm mortars and small arms there,” the ATO spokesperson added.
Ukrainian troops did not return fire.
Unfortunately, two Ukrainian servicemen were wounded in action yesterday.