Over the past day and night of May 17, illegal armed groups opened fire in Donbas area 66 times. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed, and four others were injured. This was announced by the press center of the Joint Forces Operation.
It is noted that due to the ‘active defense’ Ukrainian units eliminated five militants, and another eight were wounded.
The occupants shelled in Novozvanivka and Troitske (Luhansk region), Luhanske, Svitlodarsk, Novoluhansk, Majorske, Avdiivka, Opytne, Vodyane, Lebedinske and Shyrokyno areas (Donetsk region) from mortars and Grads, as the statement said.
As it was reported earlier, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Vasyl Hrytsak has met with the US State Department's Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. During the meeting, Hrytsak gave Volker the evidence of the involvement of Russian Federation military personnel in a large-scale hybrid aggression in Donbas.
It is noted that Hrytsak also drew the attention of foreign partners to the "Russia’s blocking the exchange of hostages, which the Russian Federation uses for political pressure on the Ukrainian authorities."