In Luhansk sector between 1 and 2 a.m. militants made another attempt to pass through the Ukrainian defense line in Stanychno- Luhansk district. Their sabotage and reconnaissance group crossed the Siversky Donets near Syze and entered into battle with the Ukrainian military. After a half-hour firefight insurgents retreated. One Ukrainian soldier was killed in action. The ATO forces did not suffer any more lethal casualties yesterday. One militant provocation took place near Shchastia, where they made several grenade launcher shots. Bakhmutka and Popasna sectors were calm yesterday.
Militants used small arms once in Donetsk sector near Luhanske. It was calm near Horlivka, Dzerzhynsk and Yasynuvata. For over two hours last evening, militants fired upon the Ukrainian positions between Avdiivka and Spartak. They did not apply heavy weapons. The ceasefire is observed in the front area from Pisky to the Azov Sea.
Yesterday the Ukrainian military recorded 6 flights of militants’ drones east of Mariupol. Overall, it has been relatively calm at the frontline for the last 10 days. The militants usually violate ceasefire up to 10 times a day without using heavy weapons.
Note: This text is a transcript of the official briefing of the spokesperson of Administration of the President of Ukraine on ATO-related issues. Uaposition can not change the wording and terms used by the spokesperson. We disagree with the used terms “Russian backed militants” and “Pro Russian terrorist” instead of “Russian troops” and “Russian terrorists”. However, this is official terminology of Ukrainian authorities because as of now Ukrainian authorities don’t recognize Russia as a Party to the Conflict in Ukraine and don’t severs diplomatic relations and economic cooperation.