Militants reportedly intensifying attacks near the city
Ukraine's losses in the Donbas warzone are mounting up as the Russian-backed separatist forces have been intensifying their attacks in the conflict region.
Two Ukrainian servicemen died, 8 were wounded and three suffered from contusion in the past 24 hours, the country's Defense Ministry spokesman Andrii Lysenko reported Tuesday, October 11.
Although there was no elaboration on the location where the losses had taken place, Mariupol and its surroundings had been reported as a new hotspot over the past several days.
Yesterday the militants escalated the combat there by launching 27 attacks on the government forces. 152-mm and 122-mm artillery was used to shell the positions of Ukrainian soldiers at the villages near the city.
The ceasefire in the Luhansk region was violated 17 times, according to Kyiv.
Overall, the militants opened fire 47 times overnight.
The escalation is taking place amid seemingly successful agreement on the withdrawal of troops.
Earlier, Ukraine and the separatists pulled back at two key areas in the conflict region. An identical procedure is also planned at Stanytsia Luhanska.