For the past day the militants of illegal armed groups has made 29 of shelling of positions of Armed forces of Ukraine in zone anti-terrorist operation that resulted in 5 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 8 were injured, the press center of staff ATO.

“In just the past day, the enemy 29 times opened fire on our positions. In response, the ATO forces 16 times used the weapon. Unfortunately, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed and eight injured. I should add that thanks to a wise and prompt action of our troops, the enemy not only stopped firing provocation, but suffered heavy losses in manpower”, reads the statement on the official website of the press center in Facebook.

The militants have stepped up attacks on Donetsk direction after 18.00. From 19.00 to 23.00 almost, four militants fired at VSU positions near Avdeevka from 120-mm mortars and 82 mm grenade launchers and small arms . The Ukrainian military fought a dense return fire, with the aim of forcing the enemy to cease fire.

Besides, fighters fired at positions of the AFU near Butovka from mortars and grenade launchers, in which one Ukrainian soldier was killed and one was injured.

About 22.00, the militants fired at the Village Lugansk in Lugansk direction and Water in the direction of Donetsk.