Ministry of Defense: Russian proxies commit 43 ceasefire violations, use mortars


Russia-backed militants violated the ceasefire 43 times in eastern Ukraine yesterday. Unfortunately, one Ukrainian serviceman was wounded in action, reported Ministry of Defense spokesman Colonel Dmytro Hutsulyak at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

In Luhansk sector, the militants opened precision fire four times upon Ukrainian troops. “Right after midnight, Russian proxies delivered a three-hour attack against Ukrainian troops’ positions near Troitske. They used 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, having fired a total of 30 mortar rounds, employed IFV mounted weapons, grenade launchers, and heavy machine guns,” elaborated Colonel Hutsulyak. In Svitlodarsk and Zaitseve areas, the militants attacked Ukrainian troops’ positions using grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. Near Krymske, Russian proxies fired ten 82-mm mortar rounds.

In Donetsk sector, Russia-backed militants committed 39 ceasefire violations. In Opytne and Kamianka areas, the militants employed 82-mm mortars. Near Pavlopil, Kamianka, Vodiane, Lebedynske, Nevelske, Mariinka, Avdiivka, Talakivka, Opytne, and Shakhta Butivka, Russian proxies used grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms. In Pavlopil area, the militants conducted ten attacks, near Avdiivka – five attacks.

Report on the military developments as of April 13 is available here. Interactive data on the shelling: chronology shelling chart and the interactive map.