In Luhansk region of the Anti-Terrorist Operation area, the first day of the year passed without any armed provocations of the militants. However, according to the State Border Service, it was recorded enemy drone flight at an altitude of 1,000 meters. Border guards promptly informed units Ukrainian Air Force. This information was released today at a briefing of the spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO issues Colonel Andriy Lysenko, Joinfo.ua reports.
In Donetsk region, illegal armed groups committed armed provocations near the Donetsk airport, especially near Avdiyivka, Opytne and Pisky, and the western and northern outskirts of Horlivka. Mostly the militants used small arms, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers, and near Zaitseve they shot twice with a 82-mm mortar. Also, the militants violated the truce twice near the villages of Luhanske, Svitlodarsk district.
In Mariupol district, militants carried out two attacks sighting of small arms and grenade launchers on the positions of ATO forces near Marinka. Two hostile provocations were recorded on the bridge on the road Sartana-Talakivka and near Shyrokyne.
Yesterday, no Ukrainian soldiers were killed, two were wounded in action.
The ATO press service recorded 42 cases of the cease-fire violation.
According to the intelligence information of the Ministry of Defence, during the New Year celebration, two people were killed in the regiments of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic.” In Luhansk region, two fighters deserted from a local illegal armed group.
It was reported also on the increased number of visits of the militants to the local hospitals with complaints of domestic trauma, poisoning, bodily injuries, stab and gunshot wounds, including the results of “friendly fire.”