Terrorists not complying with cease-fire: number of Debaltseve shellings increased - ATO press center

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Terrorists do not comply with the cease-fire and continue to shell Ukrainian army and attempt attacks.

This was announced by the ATO press center Monday morning, Censor.NET reports.

"Analyzing the first day of the truce, we can state that illegal armed gangs do not abide by the agreements reached [in Minsk]. Starting from the beginning of the silent regime, the enemy used MLRSes for 31 times, tanks for four times, and artillery and mortars - for 56 times.

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"The number of shellings of Ukrainian positions at the Debaltseve direction increased compared to previous days. Over the past 24 hours, the terrorists shelled Debaltseve and its vicinity using all kinds of weapons.

"At this direction, Debaltseve was hit the most, including 19 shellings with Grads; Chornukhyne was attacked three times and shelled with Grads four times. The terrorists used Grads and artillery to shell the cities and villages of Popasna, Sanzharivka, Zolote, and Kamianka.

"According to operational data, the terrorists received an order from their command to seize Debaltseve at any cost, and to provoke Ukrainian military. For this, it was planned to shell Donetsk yesterday.

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"At the same time, the intensity of fire at the ATO forces' positions decreased at the Luhansk and Donetsk directions. The enemy mostly used small arms and mortars. Toshkivka, Opytne, and Novotoshkivske suffered from mortar fire.

"At the Mariupol direction, the terrorists fired at Shyrokyne village two times.

"In total, the enemy fired at the ATO forces for 112 times Sunday. Ukrainian soldiers only fired back.

"Besides, the enemy's drones were active along the front line at the Debaltseve and Donetsk directions," the report reads.

As reported earlier, OSCE monitoring mission believes the cease-fire was implemented "with several violations."

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n324835