From 18 pm yesterday, the Russian-backed mercenaries continued shelling at residential areas and Ukrainian positions in all directions, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to ATO press service.
On Donetsk direction, the militants shoot at the villages Opytne, Pisky, Mar’inka, Novgorodske, Novoselivka Druha, Verhnotoretske, Krasnohorivka and Avdiyivka from infantry combat vehicle’s arms, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small. Also, the militants shoot at the ATO forces strong point near Avdiyivka from 82-millimeter mortars.
On Artemovsk direction: the mercenaries fired with heavy machine guns and small arms at Mayorske. On Mariupol direction – from small arms at Lomakine. Besides, they opened aimed fire from small arms at Ukrainian positions near Novotoshkivske and Shyrokyne.
About 20 pm, Ukrainian militaries took the fight with the militants near Verhnotoretske, which traditionally ended when the enemy fled the battlefield. In the course of the two-hour battle the militants used not only weapons of BMP-2, grenade launchers, heavy machine guns and small arms, but also 82-millimeter mortars, which, according to Minsk arrangements, have already been withdrawn.
Also, at the briefing in Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman of Administration of the President of Ukraine on ATO issues, said that the militants tried to attack ATO stronghold near Zaitseve north of Horlivka. Intensive fighting lasted around one hour with use of small arms and grenade launchers.
Colonel added that one Ukrainian serviceman was killed in the combat yesterday and three were injured.