During the current day, November 18, the pro-Russian militants fired eight times at Ukrainian positions in Donbas conflict zone. No casualties in the ranks of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported, states the press center of Joint Forces Operation (JFO) on its Facebook page.
"Occupants opened aimed fire from grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns, and small arms at Joint Forces positions near Zholobok, Svitlodarsk, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Pavlopil, Vodyane, and Hnutove. In addition, the enemy used 82 mm-caliber mortars Zholobok," the headquarters reported.
No losses among the personnel of Joint Forces’ troops reported. The situation in the conflict area remains controlled by the Joint forces.
“Nevertheless, we think that there is no other way, and we will have to agree on something. I hope, that people who will head the state in the future, whoever it is… will come to the conclusion that there is no other way, except the peaceful one, and it is important to implement Minsk Agreements,” he said.
At the same time, Putin did not predict whether the situation in Ukraine would change after the elections. He spoke against the meetings in Normandy format during the pre-election campaign in Ukraine calling them pointless. Besides, the President of Russia accused Ukraine of “non-fulfillment of Minsk Agreements.”
Earlier, Heiko Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, stated that all the efforts of the participants of the Normandy format are taken to develop UN peacekeeping mission project in Donbas.