Pro-Russian terrorists increased the number of attacks on the East of Ukraine. Just in the last 24 hours 5 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 4 more wounded. Militants used 82 mm mortars, BMP armored vehicles and grenade launcher.
The information about the causalities was reported today by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko. See the briefing at media RNBO center at http://mediarnbo.org
ATO Press Center also posted report on the situation in Donetsk and Lugansk Region in the last few hours. See original post in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news
Starting from 18:00 yesterday Russian-terrorist mercenaries continued shelling our positions in all directions. Terrorists opened provocative fire near Donetsk at Opytne, Pisky, Mariinka, Novhorodske, Novoselivka Druha, Verhnyotoretske, Krasnohorivka and Avdiivka using BMP armored vehicles, high caliber machine guns and small fire arms. Also terrorists used 82 mm mortars shelling Avdiivka.
On Artemivsk direction terrorists shelled Mayorsk using high caliber machine guns and small fire arms. On Mariupol direction they attacked Lomakyne using small fire arms. Also mercenaries attacked our positions near Novotoshkivske and Shyrokyne. There was an attack on Ukrainian positions at about 20:00 near Verhnyotoretske village, the enemy retreated from the battlefield. During 2 hours fight Russian-terrorist forces used not only BMP-2 armored vehicle, high caliber machine guns and small fire arms, but they also use 82 mm mortars that should be withdrawn from the contact line according to Minsk Agreements.
Lugansk Regional State Administration posted more details about terrorist attack on Ukrainian positions near Novotoshkivske. See original report in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/odalug.
Yesterday near checkpoint #29 located close to Novotoshkivske village saboteur group of about 9 men were trying to break through the front line. Militants were trying to pass by the checkpoint by a path near the checkpoint. As a result soldiers of 24th brigade got in a fight. There were no killed or wounded from the Ukrainian side, one terrorist was killed and two more were wounded.
Militants were running so fast that they left one of the killed terrorist in the forest. Probably those were same terrorists who were saying that they managed to put their flag near the checkpoint. Our soldiers pushed them back. I think that now saboteurs of militants will know that any of them can die for the rag that they put near the checkpoint.
– George Tuka, the head of Lugansk Regional Administration