Despite the announcement by Russian-backed militants of cessation of hostilities, a civilian was killed in consequence of shell explosion in the Donetsk city, as reported by the local media. Also two teenagers (15 and 12-years of age) got major shrapnel wounds as a result of landmine eruption.
Luhansk regional administration reports about a body of a pensioner, found in Stanytsia Luhanska, Luhansk region. The man, who was trying to cross the border between government-controlled territories and lands occupied by the militants, stepped on a landmine. Due to the risks of mining, all the check points in Luhansk region are closed for crossing. The only way to the occupied territory lies through Donetsk region, as states the head of Luhansk regional administration Heorhiy Tuka.
ATO spokesman Andriy Lysenko stated that two Ukrainian soldiers, who were blown up by a landmine, got injuries.
An armed provocation took place near Shchastia, Luhansk region. The militants used small arms, according to the ATO press center. They also shelled with small arms and grenade launchers Ukrainian posts along the western outskirts of Donetsk city. The situation on the frontline along the Donetsk-Dnipropetrovsk highway was tensed. A skirmish between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed militants occurred near Krasnohorivka. The hotspot of the region was Mariinka; 12 ceasefire violations were witnessed here. Militants used 82mm mortars to carry out their attacks.
A year ago, a “roadmap” for resolving conflict in the eastern Ukraine was signed. September 5, 2014, cessation of hostilities for eastern Ukraine has been agreed during talks in Minsk, between representatives of the Ukrainian government, leaders of Russian-backed militants, and the Russian Federation, in the presence of OSCE. In the two weeks after the Minsk agreement had been signed, the severe truce violations began. During the year the situation in the occupied territories had worsened. Russian-backed militants commit war crimes; violate the international agreements and rules of warfare. The war caused thousands of human casualties, brought despair, devastation, and repressions.