One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another one was wounded in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in the past day, speaker for Ukraine's Defense Ministry for ATO issues Andriy Lysenko said.
"In the past 24 hours, one of our soldiers was killed in fighting, another one was wounded," he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.
In his words, "it happened in the village of Zaitseve, which came under shelling from Giatsint B howitzers [The Giatsint-B is a Soviet/Russian towed 152 mm field gun].
Lysenko said that despite statements by leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic on plans to cease fire from September 15, fighting in the ATO zone has only escalated, as the enemy actively uses heavy weapons that are banned by the Minks agreements, namely large-caliber mortars and artillery systems.
Five attacks were registered in the Luhansk sector: militants used light weapons and an infantry fighting vehicle in Popasna district.
Fighting spread almost along the entire contact line in the Donetsk sector. Illegal armed formations used heavy weapons along the entire front line. The hottest spot was the village of Luhanske, where the enemy launched two heavy mortar attacks, having lobbed 200 shells of various calibres into ATO positions. The industrial zone of the town of Avdiyivka saw five-hour-long shelling. After 18:00 local time on Tuesday, September 13, militants started firing Ukrainian troops stationed in the village of Zaitseve, using guns, howitzers and mortars.
In total, 37 barrages were reported in that sector in the past day, 19 of them were mounted with the use of heavy weapons.
The tensest situation in the Mariupol sector was the town of Maryinka, which came under sniper fire. The enemy used mortars to shell the villages of Berdianske and Lebedynske. There were 14 attacks in that sector in the past day.