Since early hours of Wednesday, the illegal armed units of pro-Kremlin mercenaries fired at Ukrainian military emplacements nine times. Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the spokesman of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine said this at a briefing in Kyiv.
According to him, the enemy fired 22 mines on Ukrainian positions in Luhansk region. Militants also used small arms and heavy machineguns when firing at the defenders of Vodyane, Lebedynske, Mariinka, Novomykhailivka and Shyrokyne.
Motuzyanyk also confirmed that the army suffered casualties over the past 24 hours, as one man deceased and another two sustained injuries.
The enemy also took casualties; three fighters deceased, another five were wounded.
As it was reported earlier, as of Monday, 113 Ukrainian hostages remain in the captivity of Russian mercenaries in Donbas. Russia's crimes related to violation of human rights were the topic of the briefing held in Kyiv on Monday afternoon. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and head of the State Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak talked about the respective crimes, which Russian government allowed against the POWs, political hostages and other illegally detained people.
The decision of the National Security and Defense Council on importing weapons took effect on Tuesday. The press service of the Ukrainian president reported this, saying that the control over this decision lies within the responsibility of Oleksandr Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security Council (NSDC).
The decision 'On the Improvement of the State Policy in Provision of Ukraine's Armed Forces and other armed formations with the defense products produced abroad' lets Ukrainian defense enterprises export their products without the mediation of the state-run companies.