The situation in the ATO area was calm near Svetlodarsk yesterday. But on Donetsk direction near Gorlovka in Zaitseve, Mayorsk, Novgorodske, the militants have repeatedly opened fire towards Ukrainian positions. They used small arms and grenade launchers, also they once used 82-mm mortar launcher. Near Zaitseve the militants were firing at Ukrainian positions from close range during 2,5 hours. “In the area between Horlivka and Yasinuvata enemy opened fire on AFU positions in Verhnetoretske and Troitske. The militants fired from nearby Krasny Partizan, which is their stronghold in the area,”- said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, spokeperson of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on ATO issues, at a briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
The most difficult situation was on the western outskirts of Donetsk. The militants fired from Grad multiple rocket launcher systems (MRLS) was observed in Staromykhailivka on the contact line, adjacent to Petrovskyi district in Donetsk. “Nine missiles were fired on Krasnohorivka and 9 – on the Hirnyk, located 14 km from the contact line” – said Colonel Motuzyanyk. In general the provocative shelling at Ukrainian position continued along the front line from Avdiyivka to Mar’inka. In Krasnohorivka there was also recorded shooting from 82-mm mortar launcher and infantry combat vehicle.
On Mariupol direction there was only one fighting in Shyrokyne at night. “There were three mortar shelling on our positions, and several provocations of the militants with small arms. The fire was carried from the outskirts of the village, located near the Azov Sea,”- said Colonel Motuzyanyk.
In Lugansk region it was quiet – the militants did not break the truce. For the past day three Ukrainian soldiers were wounded.
In Druzhkivka, Donetsk region, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained a militant, who photographed the strategically important cities. The arrested is a resident of Kramatorsk, which went to Russia during 2014-2015 and to uncontrolled territory of Donetsk region, where he was recruited.
Also, SBU detained an agent of the special services of Russia in Donetsk region of the SBU the resident of the special services of Russia, who was planning to create legal cover for subversive groups on the basis on a non-governmental organization. “The detained also tried to organize an agent network involving Ukrainian law enforcements,” – added Colonel Motuzyanyk.
Near the village of Katerynivka, Mar’inskyi district of Donetsk region, the police found grenade launcher RPG-22, 9 hand grenades and 26 grenade launcher ammunition in the forest.
Law enforcement and police found a RPG-22 grenade launcher, nine hand grenades and 26 items of ordnance for grenade launcher in the woods near Katerynivka in Donetsk region. “Also, an anti-tank mine, 120mm mine, anti-personnel mine, two hand grenades and TNT blocks were seized from a cache in an abandoned building in Verkhniotoretske, Yasynyvata district,” – said Colonel.
Special operation troops found 12 projectiles to RPG-7 grenade launcher, four F-1 grenades, five kilograms of TNT block and 320 14.5mm cartridges near Luhansk thermal power plant in Shchastya.