Donbas militants increase number of attacks, one Ukrainian soldier dies

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian-backed militants opened fire at Ukrainian positions 16 times, 10 of them were performed from Minsk-banned weapons
10:10, 18 November 2018

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The situation in the east of Ukraine remains under control of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO), militants increase their fire activity though. One Ukrainian serviceman died the previous day, reports the press office of the Joint Forces Operation. 

‘Over the last day, November 17, the situation in the Joint Forces Operation zone had signs of an increase in the enemy’s fire activity and remained fully controlled by the Joint Forces,’ reads the message. 

Related: Ukrainian soldier killed in Donbas conflict zone

It is noted that the militants opened fire at JFO positions 16 times, ten of them were performed from weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements.  

Yesterday, the enemy shelled the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine using 82mm mortars near Pishchane, Zholobok, Novotoshkivske, Orikhove, Vilne, Svitlodarsk, Troitske, and Svitlodarsk. 

Related: Ukrainian serviceman dies in Donbas combat area

The militants used 120mm mortars near Zholobok, Vilny farmstead, and Svitlodarsk, and fired grenade launchers and small arms against the strongholds near Marinka, Berezove, Krasnohorivka, Hnutove, Lebedysnke, and Shyrokyne. 

One Ukrainian military sustained injuries incompatible with life. 

Related: Militants violate ceasefire regime 5 times in Donbas

According to reconnaissance, two militants of the Russian occupation forces were eliminated and two were injured over the last day.  

From the beginning of the day, November 18, the militants fired grenade launchers and small arms near Hnutove. No casualties among the JFO personnel observed. 

Related: Two Ukrainian servicemen injured in Donbas, 56th Detached Brigade claims fatality

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