Ukrainian troops made a counter-attack and took new positions in the ATO area near Svitlodarsk bulge in Donetsk region, which gives them an additional advantage. This was stated by Secretary of the National Council on Security and Defense of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, who arrived in the area, according to the RNBO website.
"Despite the constant attacks and attempts to break through our defense, Ukrainian military courageously and professionally fulfilled their duty, stopped the enemy and inflicted heavy losses," Turchynov said.
Increased fighting takes place on Svitlodarsk bulge during last four days, followed by "record" number of artillery and mortar shelling by militants on the positions of Ukrainian forces.
"According to the number of mortar shells fired at our positions situated in Svitlodarsk bulge area, they set a "record" - more than 800 a day," Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council said.
Being at the forefront of the 54th brigade positions, which has withstood the attack of the enemy, Turchynov visited defensive positions of Ukrainian troops, discussed the military situation in the last few days on this front.
"The Armed Forces of Ukraine will continue to adequately respond to any provocations of hybrid Russian forces in all directions," the secretary of the National Security and Defence Council said.