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Day in Donbas: Six attacks, one Ukrainian serviceman deceased

Source : 112 Ukraine

The perished Ukrainian soldier suffered fatal gunshot wound in the area of Pivdenne
23:56, 18 March 2021

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During the day, on March 18, Russian mercenaries landed six attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donbas combat area. According to the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation, one Ukrainian soldier suffered fatal wound in combat.

In the area of Pivdenne, Russian occupants opened fire from Minsk-banned mortars, as well as grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms. In Bohdanivka, the enemy used automatic grenade launchers and small arms.

According to the HQ, Ukrainian defenders returned fire to tame the enemy attacks. 

Related: OSCE urges parties to Donbas conflict not to escalate and open checkpoints

Meanwhile, the OSCE noted that statements on the readiness of the parties to the conflict in Donbas to resort to use of force have recently become more frequent, and in this regard it calls on the parties not to resort to escalation. This was stated by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office in Ukraine and in the TCG, Ambassador Heidi Grau.

“According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's assessments, the commitment to the ceasefire in the conflict zone and the additional measures to strengthen it are overall respected. The number of ceasefire violations continue to remain well below the average level in 2020, before the additional measures came into force. However, since November 2020, there has been a gradual increase in the number of ceasefire violations that, regrettably, negatively affects the civilians in the conflict zone. Also in the information space, there has been a recent increase in publications containing mutual accusations regarding the readiness of the sides to resolve the conflict by force. Undoubtedly, all of this has a negative impact on the activities of the TCG and its Working Groups," Grau said.

Related: Donbas: Ukrainian warrior perished during attack on Pivdenne

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