Despite the Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics continue to shell each other’s positions with heavy weapons.
Ukrainian military shelled territories of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday night, military departments of the republics reported. As result, one civilian was wounded.
“Yesterday evening, a civilian was blown up on a trip wire on the outskirts of the village of Zaytsevo. The explosive device was laid close to private housing, adjacent to a ‘gray zone’,” the Donetsk news agency reported, citing a representative of the military department of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). The victim was hospitalized in the Gorlovka hospital. Doctors assess his condition as serious – he has a severe head trauma, and both his legs have been amputated.
In turn, the Luhansk People’s Police reported that Uglegorsk, Pervomaisk, villages Kalinovo, Sanzharovka, Logvinovo and Smeloe were shelled by the Ukrainian Army during the past night. Ukrainian military used 82 and 120 mm mortars, as well as 122 and 152 mm cannon gunnery. According to the Luhansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) military department, there are no casualties. Local sources reported that Bryanka and the village of Annovka were also shelled by the Ukrainian Forces.
According to the DPR’s Defense Ministry, representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) came under fire in the district of Yasinovataya in Donbass. “The JCCC representatives came under mortar fire in the district of Yasinovataya, there are no casualties,” a representative of the DPR’s Defense Ministry told journalists.
Meanwhile, officers of the LPR’s Ministry of State Security arrested a saboteur, who allegedly was going to blow up the tank farm in Luhansk, head of the department’s press service, Yevgeniya Lyubenko, said on Wednesday.
Lyubenko reported that “officers of the Ministry of State Security arrested a citizen of Ukraine, who was trying to penetrate into the territory of a tank farm in Luhansk.” According to the head of the department’s press service, the Ukrainian Special Services have given him a task “to blast tanks with petroleum, oil and lubricants.”
As the press service reported, an explosive device of 3 kilograms of TNT was found and defused on the place of the planned terrorist attack. Lyubenko noted that earlier, the Ministry of State Security has received information about the planned terrorist attack in the Independence Day of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, according to the press center of the Ukrainian military operation in Donbass, Ukrainian military positions in the region were shelled 48 times during the past day. The press center reported that 19 shooting attacks were recorded in the Donetsk direction, 22 – in the Mariupol direction, and 7 – in the Luhansk direction.
More than 70 shells were fired with 122 mm artillery at Ukrainian positions in settlements Zaytsevo and Dacha in Donetsk direction, while 40 shells of 152 mm caliber were fired north of Krasnogorovka. In addition, Ukrainian positions in Avdeevka, Semigorye, Nevelskiy, Svetlodarsk, Luganskiy, Troitskiy, Verkhnetoretskiy and Mayorsk were also shelled with armored personnel carriers, mortars, grenade guns, heavy guns and small arms.
Mirnyy, Sionitny, Talakovka, Marinka, Vodyanoy, Krasnogorovka, Novotroitsky, Nikolaevka, Starognatovka, Shirokino and Gnutovo in the Mariupol direction were fired with 82-152 mm shells.
Krymskiy, Novozvanovka, Zolotoy, Novoaleksandrovka and Lopaskino in the Luhansk direction were fired with mortars, grenade guns, heavy guns and small arms. A sniper was also spotted near Zolotoy and Novoaleksandrovka.
In addition, an unmanned aerial vehicle was spotted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces three times during the day.