The first twenty four hours of the new year did not bring peace to eastern Ukraine. Russian-backed militants continue to shell positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, particularly from weapons which are banned under the Minsk agreements.
This is reported by the ATO Headquarters press center.
As stated, in Luhansk direction, militants opened fire from 82mm mortars and heavy machine guns near Luhanske (59km north-east of Donetsk).
In Donetsk direction, Ukrainian troops came under 120mm and 82mm mortar and infantry weapons fire outside Pavlopol (30 km northeast of Mariupol). The terrorists also used grenade launchers of different types and small arms to fire at Ukrainian strongholds near Vodiane (16km north-west of Donetsk). In addition, Russian-backed militants fired over a dozen 82mm mortars and used grenade launchers and small arms to launch attacks on positions of Ukrainian defenders in the area of Verkhniotoretske (22km north-east of Donetsk).
In general, Russian-terrorist troops launched five attacks on positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas in last day. No casualties among Ukrainian troops were reported.