On February 14, three servicemen of Joint Forces lost their lives in Donbas combat zone. The press office of Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported that on Monday.
"Three servicemen from the Joint Forces line-up deceased near the settlement of Novoluhanske, as they moved on to their positions", reads the message.
Three ceasefire violations took place in the combat area on Sunday. In the Donetsk region, Russian occupants opened fire from stationary anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms.
Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk region took fire, too; the militants used grenade launchers and small arms to attack the emplacements near Novoleksandrivka.
No shooting was observed in the combat zone since the beginning of February 15.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine denies Russia's mediating role in resolving the conflict in Donbas since this country itself takes part in it. This is stated in the commentary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry in connection with the latest statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding the situation in Donbas.
"The Russian military presence in the occupied part of Donbas continues to this day. Illegal crossing of uncontrolled segment of the Ukrainian-Russian state border in order to strengthen and rotate the armed forces of the Russian Federation has become a constant practice ... Documentary and other evidence of the role and direct Russia's participation in an armed conflict against Ukraine are transferred and will continue to be transferred by the Ukrainian side to international jurisdictional institutions. Therefore, the insistence of Russian officials about the allegedly “mediating” role in the peace process in Donbas is outrageous," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.