According to the ATO press center, at least 16 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in a firefight with the Donbass People’s Militia.
On Saturday, the press center of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) once again reported on intensification of the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine.
According to reports of Ukrainian military, the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) shelled Verhnetoretskoe village, using 122-mm artillery, while the populated localities of Troitskoye, Peski, Luganskoe, Dacha, Zaytsevo, Kamyanka, Novoselovka, Verkhnetoretskoe and Avdeyevka came under fire of mortars of various calibers.
Also, according to the version of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, during all the day, the ‘enemy’ was shelling Avdeyevka, Dacha, Mayorsk, Zaytsevo, Peski and Luganskoe, using grenade launchers. In addition, Peski and Kamyanka were also attacked by a tank, while Luganskoe was shelled with an infantry combat vehicle.
The press center added that Pavlopol and Gnutovoye in Mariupol direction were also shelled with 122-mm artillery. Krasnogorovka, Gnutovomo and Shirokino were shelled with 120-mm mortars. Vodyanoye was shelled with 82-mm mortars. The People’s Militia also opened fire on Novotroitskoe, Pavlopol, Vodyanoy, Gnutovo and Shirokino, using grenade launchers and small arms. Shirokino and Pavlopol also came under fire of an infantry combat vehicle.
At the direction of Lugansk, Novoaleksandrovka, Troitskoye and Novozvanovka were shelled with mortars, grenade launchers and small arms.
Over the past day, 16 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded. In total, the shelling was spotted 92 times.
Meanwhile, the DPR Defense Ministry reported that militants of the Azov battalion captured the Donetsk filtration plant, which plays an important role in water supply of Donetsk.
On Saturday, the sides accused each other of shelling the filtration plant. As a result, local staff, who maintained functioning of the plant, stopped its work.
“We have no more strength to endure this. If we do not evacuate the people, we will lose them. For this reason, we stop the plant’s work and will evacuate the people,” CEO of the Voda Donbassa public utility company, Oleg Mokry, said.
As the CEO noted, last night, the filtration plant came under heavy fire. Buildings of the plant, including premises with chlorine, were hit with shells.
As a result, the water supply to Avdeyevka and Donetsk was reduced, as the plant provides water to settlements, located on the both sides of the front line.
Repair and refurbishment work on the Donetsk filtration plant still have not been started, as the Joint Center on Control and Coordination (JCCC) cannot guarantee security of a repair brigade due to ongoing hostilities.
Photos below show some part of the damage, inflicted on the Donetsk filtration plant: