Situation in ATO area has become more tense. Militants shelled Ukrainian positions 104 times over the previous 24 hours, informed ATO press center on Facebook.
Pro-Russian forces shelled Ukrainian positions in Zaitseve, Opytne, Butivka, Leninske, Stanitsa Luhanska, Novotroitske and Avdiivka 21 times from mortars of various calibers.
Militants used BMP, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms to shell Ukrainian positions near Novotroitske and Luhanske.
Russia-backed illegal armed groups attacked Ukrainian Armed Forces near Dokuchaevsk and Novotroitske from 120 mm mortars and small arms.
Ukrainian Armed Forces returned fore 16 times.
Ceasefire, approved during Minsk negotiation, came into force on December 23, at midnight. However, militants continue to violate ceasefire by shelling ATO positions on daily basis.