Two groups of pro-Russian militants attacked Ukrainian fortifications near Donetsk and Lugansk

ATO Press Center reported that pro-Russian militants made several attempts to attack Ukrainian fortifications near Donetsk and Lugansk tonight. In total there were 39 cease-fire violations registered in the last 24 hours in the East of Ukraine, 2 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. Illegal armed groups used 82 and 120 mm mortars banned by Minsk Agreements.

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Anton Myronovych, spokesman of Anti-Terrorist Operation

Below is the ATO Press Center report that describes the situation on 6 am December 22 2015. You can see original statement in Ukrainian at www.facebook.com/ato.news

Yesterday night the situation in ATO zone got more complicated.

Starting from 18:00 the enemy shelled positions of ATO forces near Mariinka 8 times using small firearms and grenade launchers. Enemy unit of at least 30 men attacked Ukrainian positions (in same area near Donetsk), ATO forces units pushed the enemy back. Militants retreated with casualties.

There was another attack near Shchastya in Lugansk Region. A group of militants had at least 10 men. But for them the result of the fight was same. Taking wounded and killed they retreated to their positions.

Military provocations against Ukrainian soldiers continued in other areas along the contact line as well. The enemy continued to shell Ukrainian positions near Pisky, Opytne and South of Avdiivka. Krasnohorivka was shelled with the use of anti-aircraft guns and 82 mm mortars.

Also militants shelled fortifications of ATO forces near Zaitseve (not far from occupied Horlivka) using 82 mm mortars. They also used grenade launchers, small firearms, 120 mm mortars and tanks weapon banned by Minsk Agreements.

Near Mariupol the enemy shelled Ukrainian positions near Starohnativka using 82 mm mortars.

In total in the last 24 hours there were 39 cease-fire violations from the side of pro-Russian hybrid armed groups and 2 armed clashes.

Starting from midnight militants violated cease-fire 6 times. All those violations were registered near Pisky, Opytne and Avdiivka, the enemy used small firearms, high caliber machine guns and different types of grenade launchers there.

According to the report made by National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine there were no killed among Ukrainian soldiers in the last 24 hours, 2 soldiers were wounded. You can see the original report in Ukrainian at http://mediarnbo.org

Below is the map that describes the situation in ATO zone in the East of Ukraine in the last 24 hours, you can also see full size map 3000x2994 here.

ATO map on December 22 2015

ATO map on December 22 2015

 

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