Russian proxies ignite Luhansk sector, breaking another disengagement deal
Six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in fighting in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, according to Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman for Anti-Terrorist Operation Col. Andriy Lysenko.
According to press officer, four soldiers were wounded during militant shelling in the village of Zhovte in Luhansk region, while another two were wounded in the Avdiyivka industrial zone near Donetsk.
Compared to previous days, the geography of military operations has expanded. In particular, Russian proxies once shelled the area of potential disengagement of troops near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska. Also in the afternoon, a series of gunfights was reported from the village of Zhovte. The battle lasted almost 4 hours and resulted in casualties among the Ukrainian troops.
As mentioned, Col. Lysenko said 4 soldiers were wounded near Zhovte, but local Ukrainian authorities give a slightly different picture. According to Luhansk regional military-civilian administration, 5 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded during the firefights in two different locations (Popasna and Novoaydar districts). Both sources say militants commenced attacks along the whole frontline in previously quiet Luhansk region. Col. Lysenko reports about 14 attacks, one of them included mortar shelling with 20 mines.
Joint centre for control and coordination stressed: militant shelling of Stanytsia Luhanska is one more "outright provocation to disrupt the process of disengagement of forces." Ukrainian forces were ready to withdraw from the area on Nov. 24, but the process was stopped by militant shelling. Yesterday's two fire raids defers the disengagement once again.
Ukrainian volunteers from ‘Back and Alive' Foundation added, that fights in Luhansk region continued overnight, and caused casualties among Russian proxies. "There was a fight near the villages of Krymske and Zholobok nightly. The separatists' hospitals received wounded. And maybe killed. No our losses there. Several nights in a row mortar fire resumed. The boys're saying: ‘They're nightmarizing well,'" volunteers report.
Col. Lysenko also informed about fighting in Donetsk region. Kremlin-backed militants commenced 5 attacks on the village of Luhanske and the industrial zone of the town of Avdiyivka, using mortars and light armour. "Ukrainian troops actively shooting in return," Lysenko assured.
In the coastal area near Mariupol the situation is traditionally very tense, but on the local level it got easier. Ukrainian troops report about 18 militant shelling here, only two of which were commenced with heavy weapons – mortars and artillery. Compared to the day before, called a ‘very hard day' with 37 attacks, Ukrainian troops say that "situation calmed down somewhat" during last 24 hours.