A Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman has announced Russia’s hybrid military forces continue shelling Ukrainian positions along the entire contact line, and new escalation has been reported near the Ukrainian-controlled town of Avdiyivka as Ukrainian troops deployed outside it come under attack, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Enemy troops enjoyed the support of mortars and tanks of Russia’s occupation forces. The fighting lasted for seven hours without a break. According to rough estimates, the adversaries lobbed over 300 shells into areas near the town of Avdiyivka and fired over 70 tank projectiles.
The situation near Avdiyivka is getting worse,” Defense Ministry press secretary for Anti-Terrorist Operation issues Oleksandr Motuzianyk said at a briefing on Sunday, February 19.
Enemy artillery projectiles damaged power lines on Saturday night, which caused blackouts in Avdiyivka again, Motuzianyk said. Ukraine’s State Emergency Situations Service reported in turn that the water supply in the town had been suspended after the outage.
“On February 18, a 110 kV high-voltage transmission line, Makiyivska 1-Avdiyivka Coking Plant No. 2, was damaged amid fighting, as a result of which, the power supply was discontinued in Avdiyivka (where about 22,000 people live),” the service said in a statement.
The water supply there was also suspended. At the same time, the heat supply on Sunday morning was maintained by Avdiyivka coke plant’s heating system (air temperature in apartments was 20-25 degrees above zero), according to the service.
Pyrotechnicians and maintenance crews were deployed for demining activities and further repair of high-voltage lines
Russian party in the Joint Center on Control and Coordination (JCCC) provided ceasefire guarantees in order to allow repair of power lines in Avdiyivka. This was reported by the press service of the State Emergency Service, Joinfo.com reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
“There is an agreed ceasefire confirmed by both sides as of 12 noon on February 19,” the message reads.
At the same time, it is noted that pyrotechnician units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and maintenance crews of DTEK [power supply company] were deployed for demining activities and further repair of high-voltage lines.
128 people and 32 vehicles are involved in the emergency restoration works in total, according to the message.
“Social objects without backup power will be provided with electricity through 13 electric generators by the State Emergency Service,” it is also added.
As it was reported earlier, heating in Avdiyivka is provided satisfactorily as of 7 a.m. on February 19, water supply was temporarily suspended. Later it became known that water for Avdiyivka residents is being provided hourly.
Militants made 105 attacks on positions of the Ukrainian army in Donbas. 9 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded or injured over the past day, one serviceman went missing.
This was reported during the briefing broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV channel by Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the Speaker of Defence Ministry on ATO issues, Joinfo.com reports.
Invaders also fired 30 BM-21 Grad rockets at Ukrainian positions near Vodiane.
“There were no deaths among Ukrainian Armed Forces over past 24 hours in fighting, however 9 soldiers were wounded or injured. Additionally, one military has gone missing,” Motuzyanyk noted.