Five officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were died, six were injured and ten were contused and traumatized as a result of fighting in Svetlodarsk arc area as of the morning of December 19. This was announced by the Head of the Joint Operational Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, reports the press service of the Defense Ministry.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine had difficulty firing in response in Svetlodarsk because militants shelled positions of Ukrainian troops from residential areas, according to Syrskyi.
"It is worth mentioning the fact that the enemy artillery fire was conducted directly from Kalynivka, Vuhlehirsk, Debaltseve settlements that made it impossible to respond adequately to the attacks to prevent civilian casualties," he said.
Earlier it was reported that five Ukrainian military were killed and six - were injured in the ATO zone in Svitlodarsk arc area yesterday. It was reported by the press center of ATO headquarters on Facebook. The pro-Russian militants tried to push the ATO forces out from their positions in Svitlodarsk arc area.