The Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters has reported escalation in the past day in the east of the country: the number of attacks on Ukrainian troops and their intensity in some sectors along the contact line in Donbas increased only after dark, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
Russia’s hybrid military forces mounted 36 attacks on the Ukrainian positions, resorting to heavy artillery systems five times, the ATO HQ said in a morning update on Wednesday, June 21.
“One Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action (WIA) as a result of enemy shelling yesterday,” it said. Occupiers in the Mariupol sector in Donetsk region used infantry weapons only during the daytime and mounted artillery attacks at dusk.
“In particular, our strongholds near the village of Talakivka were attacked with the use of 122mm artillery systems. They also used anti-tank grenade launchers, and an enemy sniper was working there. Later they opened fire from 82mm mortars near the village of Hnutove,” the ATO HQ said.
What is more, Ukrainian troops stationed near the villages of Shyrokyne, Vodiane, Pavlopil, Novomykhailivka and the town of Mar’inka came under fire from grenade launchers and small arms. In total, 18 instances of the violation of the ceasefire in the sector were recorded in the reporting period. The Donetsk sector saw six enemy attacks. On Tuesday morning and during the day, the situation there was calm, the ATO HQ said.
“The first attack on our positions was recorded at about 18:00 – the occupiers used portable anti-tank grenade launchers and large-caliber machine guns to shell Ukrainian army positions near the town of Kam’ianka. Just some minutes later, the invaders opened fire from proscribed 120mm mortars and grenade launchers at one of our strongholds near the town of Avdiyivka. There were at least three enemy attacks on our positions near Avdiyivka until midnight with the use of grenade launchers, small arms of different calibers and 82mm mortars. What is more, the mercenaries opened fire at the defenders of the village of Verkhniotoretske in the evening, using infantry weapons and cannons of infantry fighting vehicles.
The Luhansk sector saw a new round of escalation along the Bakhmutske highway, where the Russian occupation forces again used heavy artillery systems against ATO forces.
“In particular, our strongholds near the village of Krymske came under fire from 152mm artillery systems and 120mm mortars. What is more, the occupiers used 82m mortars and cannons of infantry fighting vehicles to shell Ukrainian troops near the village of Novozvanivka,” the ATO HQ said.
The violation of the ceasefire was recorded near the town of Schastia and the villages of Stanytsia Luhanska and Novo-Oleksandrivka, where the enemy used mainly grenade launchers and small arms.
An armed man has attacked and fired at the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) on the territory of Yasynuvata controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
“On 20 June an SMM patrol (1) comprising two armored vehicles and six members was stationary at an observation post at ‘DPR’-controlled Yasynuvata railway station (16km north-east of Donetsk), when it saw two men in military-style attire, one armed with an assault rifle (AK-type) walking in a western direction about 80m away. Another SMM patrol (2) comprising two armored vehicles and six members was positioned about 150m west of the other patrol and about 100m from the two men. At 11:06, both patrols heard one burst of small-arms fire assessed as coming from the area of the two men,” the OSCE SMM said in its report.
Then, the two men, both with their faces covered – moved towards to the second SMM patrol and began to aggressively shout at the SMM. They then left, the mission said.
“At 11:10 both SMM patrols attempted to leave the area. As SMM patrol (2) began to leave, the armed man ran to the second vehicle, tried to open the door on the driver’s side and attempted to break the driver’s side window with his gunstock. Failing to do either, he then ran after the first vehicle from SMM patrol (2). Following this, the armed man turned and pointed his assault rifle at the driver and front-seat passenger of the second vehicle from SMM patrol (2). Both patrol members raised their hands in response. When the armed man moved to the side of the vehicle to try to open the front passenger-side door, the driver accelerated. As the SMM vehicle was driving away, the armed man hit the rear right-side window with his gunstock, causing minor damage. The SMM then saw him fire a burst of small-arms fire into the air, followed by three shots that the SMM assessed were fired at the patrol vehicle,” the report reads.
According to the OSCE SMM, the patrol vehicle was not hit. At 11:21, as all SMM patrol vehicles were leaving the area the SMM observed the armed man pointing his assault rifle at the SMM.
The SMM returned safely to base in Donetsk.
The SMM informed the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination and asked it to follow up on the incident.
The People’s Republic of China has expanded the list of Ukrainian enterprises licensed to export dairy products to the Chinese market, the press service of the Ukrainian State Service on Food Safety and Consumer Protection reports, according to Ukrinform.
“Until now, 18 companies have been licensed to export dairy products to the Chinese market. But our Chinese colleagues added another nine companies to the list, having expanded it to 27 Ukrainian companies,” Ukrainian State Service on Food Safety and Consumer Protection Chairman Volodymyr Lapa said.
According to him, they are constantly working to expand the list of companies licensed to export their products to China.