17:35 Oct. 1, 2016
Russian proxies attack with banned weapons and intensify aerial reconnaissance
Militants violated agreement on armistice and troops' disengagement in Luhansk region of Eastern Ukraine, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, spokesman of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine on ATO issues, said at a today's press briefing.
"The enemy was shooting from grenade launchers at Ukrainian troops' positions. Moreover, Russian proxies opened fire near Novozvanivka, and a hostile sniper was active in the vicinity of Novooleksandrivka," he specified.
According to the spokesman, the hottest points of the frontline are Avdiyivka and Verkhniotoretske in the Donetsk sector. Here militants made fire-raids using 122mm artillery and 120mm mortars.
Moreover, aerial reconnaissance of Kremlin-backed militant groups was active. Seven flights of Russian unmanned aerial vehicles were observed in all the sectors.
According to Col. Lysenko, Ukrainian Armed Forces incurred no losses in combat yesterday, two troops were injured in a militants' shelling near Avdiyivka.
According to the Defense Intelligence Directorate, militants also suffered losses: three militants dead and one wounded.
"One of them was shot dead by another militant during checkpoints inspection. The murderer's name is known – it is a 41-year-old Aleksandr Kondrashov," spokesman specified.
Col. Lysenko also informed that the Security Service of Ukraine prevented illegal railway supply of fuel for militants.
"During checkup at Svitlanove checkpoint of an empty train proceeding toward the occupied territories in Luhansk region, law enforcement officers found an attached nonfunctioning locomotive with five tons of diesel illegally transported in its fuel tanks," Col. Lysenko said.
Earlier OSCE monitors reported that the number of explosions in Donbas increase dramatically, and volunteer recon spotted Russian tanks in Donetsk (intel photos revealed.