5 Oct 2018 12:00

LPR reports 4 attacks by Ukrainian army in past 24 hours

LUHANSK/KYIV. Oct 5 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian Armed Forces have launched four attacks on the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in the past 24 hours, the LPR militia told Interfax.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have committed four truce violations over the past 24 hours, using an anti-aircraft system, 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank grenade launchers, large-caliber weapons, and small arms," it said.

LPR militia positions near the populated localities of Mykhailivka, Lozove, Sokilnyky, and Kalynivka came under fire, it said.

"No civilian infrastructure was destroyed or damaged by the strikes. There were no casualties among the civilian population and servicemen, either," the LPR militia said.

The neighboring self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of committing 28 truce breaches in the past 24 hours.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have attacked the following districts and populated localities: Horlivka (Gagarin mine village), Zaitseve, Shyroka Balka, Yasynuvata, Mineralne, Spartak, Kruta Balka, Donetsk airport (Volvo Center), Oleksandrivka, Donetsk (Trudovske), Leninske, Kominternove, Sakhanka, Nova Tavriya, and Oktyabr," the self-proclaimed republic's representative at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination told reporters.

A powerline in the village of Kominternove was damaged in one of these attacks, he said.

The headquarters of Kyiv's Joint Forces Operation in Donbas reported that Ukrainian military positions have come under fire 20 times and three Ukrainian servicemen have been injured over the past 24 hours.

"The enemy opened precision fire, using 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers of different systems, large-caliber machineguns, and small arms... Three servicemen of the Joint Forces were wounded during fighting," the operation's headquarters said on its Facebook page.

Four attacks have already been mounted on Ukrainian positions since the beginning of the day, wounding one serviceman, it said.