One Ukrainian soldier was injured in ATO area during past day and night. This was reported by the Defense Ministry Speaker Oleksandr Motuzyanyk during the briefing. This happened in Svitlodarsk bulge area during one of the shootout.
In general, the Defense Ministry notice a significant increase in the number of attacks, conducted in all three areas. The enemy uses mortars and receiver artillery. "Heavy weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements was used in all directions," he said during a briefing.
16 enemy shellings were noted in Luhansk direction. “Main battles occurred in Novozvanivka-Troitske area. There the enemy was active right after the midnight and till late evening. Despite that the shootouts were not long-lasting, militants fired 50 mortar and 4 artillery shells on the ATO forces positions. Besides that the enemy used grenade launchers of different systems and small arms,” Motuznyak commented the situation. Also grenade launchers and small arms were used in Stanytsia Luhanska.
The situation is difficult in Avdiivka industrial zone, where two shootouts of Ukrainian military with militants occurred yesterday. "They took place immediately after sunset and each of them lasted more than two hours" Oleksandr Motuzyanyksaid. At the same time, according to a defense department, heavy weapons were not used in this area.
In Mariupol the enemy’s activity was noticed in coastal areas contact line: Pavlopil - Hnutove - Talakivka - Vodyane -Lebedynske - Shyrokyne. They were particularly aggressive in the southern defense line: Vodyane and Shyrokyne. There the militants applied mortars and armored vehicles," Oleksandr Motuzyanykcommented. Overall 21 enemy firing noted in Mariupol direction for the past 24 hours, four of them with usage of heavy weapons.
Earlier it was reported that Russia-backed militants continued shelling in Donbas. 23 attacks were reported.