January 20, the pro-Russian militants violated the ceasefire in Donbas conflict zone nine times. Joint Forces Operation Headquarters (JFO) reported this on Facebook.
"The enemy attacked the positions of the Ukrainian military using grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns, and small arms near the villages of Hnutove and Pavlopil. Also the positions of our defenders were fired from ATGMs and grenade launchers in the area of Kamianka.
In the North operational grouping action zone, the enemy fired grenade launchers, large machine guns, and small arms the positions of our troops near the Vilny settlement," the report says.
As a result of the shelling, one soldier of the Joint Forces was wounded.
We reported that Donbas militants mined the territory near the village of Druzhne.
“According to the daily OSCE SMM report, published on 01/19/2019, during the patrolling of the areas in the Luhansk region, temporarily uncontrolled by the Ukrainian authorities, the Mission’s observers for the first time spotted two mine warning signs in the field about two kilometers south of Druzhne village. One sign was made in the form of a white plate with an inscription ‘mines’ in Russian. The observers could not read another sign,” the message says.
Earlier, the UN reported that the territory of Donbas was one of the most mined regions in the world, and Ukraine ranks first in the world in terms of the number of dead as a result of mine explosions.
At the same time, the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories, Vadym Chernysh, argued that it was pointless to take steps to demine the territory until the end of hostilities in Donbas.