ATO HQ reports increasing number of attacks, heavy arms used at night
Russian-backed separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 56 times in the past 24 hours, including 14 times in the Mariupol sector, 37 times in the Donetsk sector, and five times in the Luhansk sector, Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters reports.
In the Donetsk sector Russian proxies fired rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, and small arms on the Ukrainian positions and shelled the town of Svitlodarsk and the nearby villages with 120mm and 82mm mortars. Also, to inflict moral and psychological pressure on the Ukrainian forces militant sniper groups were involved. From 23:00 Kyiv time militants opened fire from banned artillery systems, report states.
In the Luhansk sector militants used infantry fighting vehicles and also the sniper groups. In the Mariupol sector, Russian proxies used infantry fighting vehicles and snipers as well. At about 23:00 Kyiv time militants started firing 120mm mortars.
Situation heatens amid the announcement of the ceasefire by the heads of the self-proclaimed separatist 'republics'. They claim they have 'always been committed to the Minsk peace agreements.'