President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called the February 18 attacks an attempt to thwart the peace process in Donbas and declared his intention to respond decisively to such aggression. He wrote about it on his Facebook page.
"This is not just a cynical provocation aimed at pushing a Debaltseve wound that will never heal completely. It is an attempt to disrupt the peace process in Donbas, which began to proceed with small but continuous steps," the president said.
He also added that a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council would be held that day in order to discuss and approve further steps.
"Our course towards the end of the war and our commitment to international agreements remain unchanged – so as our determination to repel any manifestation of armed aggression against Ukraine," Zelensky said.
As we reported earlier, on February 18, militants went on the offensive and attacked Ukrainian strongholds near the Zolote settlement in Donbas.
According to journalist Yurii Butusov, the battle began around 5:00 a.m. The occupants were applying all weapons, including 152-mm artillery and 120-mm mortars.
One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and four were severely wounded.