“Near Vodiane in the Sea of Azov area, the occupiers fired 122mm artillery systems, 120 mm mortars, heavy machine guns, different grenade launchers and small arms. As a result, one Ukrainian soldier was killed. Ukrainian positions outside Pyshchevyk (25km north-east of Mariupol) came under small arms fire,” the press center of the JFO Headquarters informs.
As noted, Ukrainian defenders fired back in response to the attacks of the Russian-occupation troops.
The Ukrainian side of the Joint Control and Coordination Center (JCCC) informs about gross ceasefire violations committed by the armed formations of the Russian Federation in the territory of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
"Over the past day, the occupiers refrained from provocations in connection with the extraordinary meeting of the Security Working Group initiated by the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group caused by systematic gross ceasefire violations by the Russian occupation forces of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and death of a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Once again, disrupting the meeting, Russian mercenaries launched an information campaign to discredit the Ukrainian side, and then in the evening shelled positions of our defenders near Vodiane for a long stretch of time, using weapons banned under the Minsk Agreements, grenade launchers and small arms.
It is emphasized that such bold actions and ignoring of previously reached agreements once again testify to the unwillingness of the Russian armed forces to resolve the conflict peacefully.
The Russian occupiers openly ignore the agreements reached and discredit the coordination mechanism in every possible way. At the same time, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine strictly adhere to the ceasefire agreements reached and are consistent in fulfilling their commitments.
Today, March 20, two ceasefire violations have been already recorded.
Ukrainian defenders fired back. No casualties among the members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been reported.
"Ukrainian troops continue to control the situation in the Joint Forces Operation area and adhere to the ceasefire," the JFO Headquarters reports.
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