The Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine started a criminal investigation due to the fact that Russian mercenaries landed attacks on Ukrainian military emplacements in Donbas. This is mentioned on the website of the authority.
The investigation claimed that the occupants opened fire from the Minsk-banned weapons. The enemy used 120 mm mortars, grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns. Using the artillery cover, Russian occupants began offensive actions and tried to break through the disengagement line.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Kyiv was ready to disengage forces in Donbas on the sectoral basis. On the morning of February 18, positions of Ukrainian forces came under intensive fire, as Russian mercenaries used Minsk-banned heavy artillery. The government troops delivered a powerful artillery attack in return. One Ukrainian serviceman deceased in action.
Vadym Skibitsky, the representative of the Main Department of Intelligence of Ukraine's Defense Ministry claimed that the current military potential of the Russian Federation near the border with Ukraine grew threefold.