16 Aug 2018 10:45

Kyiv, self-proclaimed republics trade further truce breach accusations

MOSCOW. Aug 16 (Interfax-AVN) - Forty-three attacks, including six with the use of heavy weapons, have been launched on the Ukrainian Armed Forces' positions in Donbas in the past 24 hours, wounding two Ukrainian servicemen, the press center of the Joint Forces Operation said on its Facebook page on Thursday morning.

"The adversary has opened fire on our forces' positions 43 times, including with the use of weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements on six occasions... As a result of fighting, two defenders of Ukraine were wounded," the press center said.

Grenade launchers, large-caliber machine guns, small arms, and also infantry fighting vehicle weapons in certain areas were used against Ukrainian positions, it said. Militia forces also fired 120mm and 82mm mortars and a BM-21 Grad multiple-launch rocket system, it said.

For his part, a representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have committed three truce violations in the past 24 hours.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have breached the truce on a total of three occasions over the past 24 hours, attacking the following districts and populated localities: Dolomitne, Leninske, and Sakhanka," he said.

The militia of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) reported another two truce violations by Kyiv.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have breached the truce twice in the past 24 hours, using 120mm and 82mm mortars, SPG and AGS grenade launchers, large-caliber weapons, and small arms," it said.

According to the LPR militia, the Ukrainian army has attacked militia positions near Kalynivka.