Militants committed artillery attack on Popasna. Active hostilities under way near Chornukhyne - Luhansk governor

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It was relatively calm on the government-controlled territory of the Luhansk region yesterday, Feb. 16, but the fire has not been ceased completely.

The village of Popasna came under shelling (the outskirts of the city, where the strong points of the Ukrainian troops' are deployed, were hit by the terrorists' artillery), Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Head Hennadii Moskal. Moreover, active hostilities are under way near Chornukhyne village (the Debaltseve direction).

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There is no information on civilian casualties.

"The period of relative calm is used to restore vital service systems damaged by the militants' attacks earlier. There are 27 high-rise buildings without central heating in the city of Shchastia. The heat supply will be restored there until the end of the day," Moskal said.

Three elderly people, including one physically challenged, were evacuated from the village of Krymske by the Ukrainian military (the village is located in the Novoaidar district near the 31st checkpoint). 300 local residents of about 2,000 still refuse to leave, among them six children from 3 to 15 years old.

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The villages of Toshkivka, Nyzhnie, Krymske, and Svitlychne are currently without gas supply as the pipeline on Bakhmutka road near the 29th checkpoint was damaged by the militants' shelling.

The representatives of local authorities are currently draining water from the central heating system to keep it from freezing (it was 16 degrees below zero in Luhansk in the morning). The repair crews were sent to the area, however, it is still unknown when the gas supply may be restored.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n325009