During the last day of hostilities in the ATO area, one Ukrainian soldier was killed, 4 soldiers and 1 border guard were wounded in action, said Colonel Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, the spokesman of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine for ATO issues, at the briefing in the Analytical-Information Center of the Ukrainian Security Service, Joinfo.ua reports.
As a result of enemy attacks, checkpoints “Stanytsia Luhanska” and “Zaitseve” have been closed for entrance/exit.
In the Luhansk sector, there was one enemy attack near Popasna.
In the Donetsk sector, heavy fighting have continued in the Avdiyivka industrial zone and on the position of the Putylivska coal mine (aka coal mine Butivka-Donetska). The enemy has pulled to the front line considerable force, including mortar and artillery batteries deployed along the line Yasynuvata – Mineralne – Spartak – Donetsk. Last night the enemy fired twice on positions of the ATO forces with 152mm guns. Invaders also made a mortar attacks along all the contact line. In addition, yesterday it was very restless at the Svitlodarsk arc, in Zaitseve, Mayorsk, Pivdenne (formerly Lenine) of Toretsk Village Council, Opytne, Pisky and others.
In total, in the past 24 hours, there were 23 enemy attacks in the Donetsk sector, including 14 – with the use of heavy weapons.
In the Mariupol sector, the epicenter of the fighting was in the village of Novotroitske where Russian-terrorist forces made a strong shelling yesterday. They used mortars 4 times. Occupants released 30 artillery shells and more than 40 mortar shells on Ukrainian troops. In addition, hostile provocations and attacks (eg, with use of mortars, armored vehicles and snipers) have been continuing along all the front line from Mar’inka to Shyrokyne. Almost all incidents happen at night. In total, there were 19 enemy attacks, including 8 – with use of heavy weapons.
According to military intelligence, 3 flights of tactical enemy UAV was recorded over the Bahmutska road, near Avdiyivka and Krasnohorivka.