26 Feb 2018 11:08

DPR sees 17 attacks by Ukrainian army in past 24 hours

DONETSK/LUHANSK/KYIV. Feb 26 (Interfax) - The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has seen 17 ceasefire breaches by the Ukrainian army in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the DPR operative command told reporters on Monday.

"The Ukrainian army breached the truce 17 times over the day. The army shelled the vicinity of 12 populated localities in the republic using 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, weapons of infantry combat vehicles, various types of grenade launchers, and small arms," the command spokesman said.

Damage was done to six buildings in Dokuchayevsk and Zaitseve, he said.

In turn, the mission of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) reported a morning attack on the republic.

"A ceasefire breach by the Ukrainian army involving infantry combat vehicles and armored personnel carriers (20 shots) was observed in the Lopaskyne - Dolhe area at 7:10 a.m. on February 26, 2018," the mission said on its Telegram channel on Monday morning.

The attack damaged civilian infrastructure in Slovianoserbsk, the mission said.

For its part, the staff of the Ukrainian army operation in Donbas reported five militia attacks on Ukrainian army positions over the day and said that one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another was injured.

"There have been five instances of aimed fire on Ukrainian army positions [...] along the entire contact line over the day. One Ukrainian soldier died, and another suffered injuries," the staff said on Facebook on Monday morning.

Seven 82mm mortar shells were fired on Ukrainian positions near Zaitseve in the Luhansk sector. Various types of grenade launchers and small arms were used against Ukrainian strongholds in the vicinity of Krymske and Novoluhanske. The militia used 82mm mortars and small arms near Vodyane, and small arms were involved in attacks on Ukrainian army positions near the Butovka mine in the Donetsk sector, the staff said.