Eleven Ukrainian troops reported injured in clashes and shelling
Eleven Ukrainian soldiers were wounded over the last day as the Russian-backed separatist forces continue to violate the ceasefire in the Donbas region, Ukraine's military spokesperson Oleksandr Motuzianyk reported on Monday.
Over the last 24 hours the militants mounted 61 attacks against Ukrainian army positions using heavy artillery systems banned under the Minsk agreements.
More than half of attacks were recorded in the Mariupol sector. Other hotspots were the towns of Maryinka and Krasnohorivka as well as the villages of Shyrokyne and Starohnativka.
The increase in fighting comes amid reports of more Russian military personnel coming to Donbas. According to a statement by Ukraine's military intelligence, 70 replacement troops were deployed to replenish the units of Russia's 1st and 2nd Army Corps in the occupied cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Ukrainian intelligence has also reported separatist forces stepping up aerial reconnaissance with six flights of militant spy drones spotted over the last day.