Ukrainian Defense Ministry ATO speaker Andriy Lysenko called the recent shelling of the residential area of illegal armed groups held Makiivka by the militants a war crime. He announced that during a briefing broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“The militants used heavy weapons to shell residential blocks of the city of Makiivka controlled by them. The shooting was performed from the enemy positions near the villages of Mineralne, Yakovlevka, Yasynuvata. Thus the occupants changed the direction of their arms from the west to the east and shelled civilian targets. This barbarian move was aimed to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine, to intimidate civilians and to disguise the systematic violation of Minsk agreement by the enemy,” points out Lysenko.
At that Lysenko reported that Russian commanders attempted to wrest ground from Ukrainian Armed Forces positions near Avdiivka. They used several hundred of militants from two different battalions, artillery batteries and unmanned aerial vehicles.
“After artillery preparation with the use of 82 mm mortars and 152 mm guns, the occupants attempted to take our positions by assault. The combat clash resulted in our favor, the enemy didn’t pass,” he stressed.
In total the enemy shelled 300 mortar bombs and shells during last 24 hours.
Pro-Kremlin rebels launched 54 attacks in Donbas over last 24 hours. In Taramchuk, Pavlopol, Novotroitske and Slavne, the enemy used 82 and 120 mm mortars. In Vodyane, Ukrainian positions went under fire from 152 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars. In Maryinka, Krasnohorivka and Shyrokyne, the mercenaries fired mortars, heavy machineguns, RPGs and IFV guns.