Tank and artillery were used by Russian-backed forces despite pledges to halt hostilities at midnight
Ukraine's defense forces near the militant-held east of the country have accused Russian-backed fighters of opening fire 50 times on Wednesday, including the use of artillery fire, Newsweek reports.
The two militant groups in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions called for an end to hostilities starting at midnight on Thursday morning. This is despite the fact that Ukraine and Russia agreed a frequently violated ceasefire in 2015, and that all parties pledged to cease hostilities at the start of September.
Troops stationed in the counrtry's Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone announced on Thursday that 26 of the violations occurred near the city of Donetsk, four near the city of Luhansk, and another 20 occurred further south towards the port of Mariupol.
Ukraine also reported that combined Russian-separatist forces had opened fire with tanks in the town of Avdiivka, near Donetsk.
Following the start of the pledged halting of hostilities at midnight, government forces have reported three violations from the separatist side.