"As for the security situation at the frontline today, July 17: since midnight, the Ukrainian military have recorded two enemy attacks in the area of the Joint forces operation aimed at repelling and deterring the armed aggression of the Russian Federation in the Donbas. The invaders employed grenade launchers and small arms against our defenders of Zolote and Hnutove.
"It is with sadnes we report that the Russian armed aggression claimed life of another Ukrainian hero around 8 a.m. today, July 17. One of our soldiers, born in 1978, was killed in action. We offer our sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of our fighter as well as his companions-in-arms with whom the Ukrainian military protected Ukraine from the Russian aggression," the statement reads.