Russian mercenaries did not use any of Minsk-banned weaponry in Donbas on May 21. The Joint Forces Operation HQ reported that, adding that three attacks were observed over the past 24 hours.
The occupants violated the ceasefire mode in Vodyane, Hnutove (both in Donetsk region) and Shumy (Luhansk region). Anti-tank grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms were used in attacks on Vodyane. In Hnutove, the enemy fired heavy machine guns.
Enemy snipers opened fire in Shumy.
Three Ukrainian soldiers sustained combat wounds.
Recently, Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak was appointed the Chief of General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces; he replaced Viktor Muzhenko who served in that office since 2014. It is known that Khomchak is the General who ordered the Ukrainian troops to leave Ilovaisk encircled by the Russian regular army in August 2014. Khomchak was drafted as an Artillery Conscript in the Soviet Army in 1985 and served in Kaliningrad, later he joined officer candidate school and was commissioned in the Soviet Mechanized Infantry in 1988. Between 1988 and 1990, he was posted as part of the Soviet Forces in Czechoslovakian SSR. When the conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine, the officer served as the Chief of Group B Operative Command (western part of Donetsk region); later, in 2016, he assumed the job of the Chief of the HQ of the Ground Troops.