"The record number of violations of the Minsk accords has been committed by the militants from midnight to 6 a.m. They continued shelling of peaceful towns and villages. Svitlodarsk was shelled from 152-mm artillery starting from 1 a.m. The city of Shchastia came under shelling from tank committed from the direction of Vesela Hora that started from 1.10 a.m. and lasted for half an hour. Opytne village was attacked from the direction of Donetsk and Spartak starting from 2.15 a.m. This village was being shelled by the militants from Grad multiple rocket launchers, tanks, and 120-mm mortars for three hours," the statement reads.
"The military positions near the village of Vodiane were also fired at from Grads from the direction of Donetsk at 2.30 a.m. and from the direction of Spartak from 4.15 a.m. The militants were shelling the ATO forces' position near Opytne from Grads, tanks, 122-mm howitzers, and 120-mm mortars for more than hour from 2.20 a.m. The pro-Russian gangs also used 152-mm and 122-mm artillery as well as 120-mm mortars to attack the cities and villages of Maiorsk, Shchastia, Opytne, Pisky, Vodiane, Stanytsia Luhanska, Pershotravneve, Mykolaivka, Hranitne, and Starohnativka. Their tank impacted the outskirts of Opytne and Krasnohorivka," the ATO HQ noted.
"The ATO forces' soldiers discovered sabotage and reconnaissance group of the enemy at 3 p.m. near the village of Kriakivka (Novoaidar district of the Luhansk region). The enemy retreated after a half-hour engagement.
"The Russian-terrorist forces used mainly small arms and mortars to assault positions of the ATO troops from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Such attacks were recorded near the villages of Kirove, Opytne, Shchastia, Krymske, and Maiorsk. The Russian invaders usually cease committing major strikes on the ATO troops and peaceful cities and villages at daytime. It is difficult for the OSCE SMM observers and JCCC representatives to immediately determine the directions where the positions of the ATO forces were attacked from by the militants at night after all. Besides, it is easier for the invaders to escape from the crime scenes under the screen of night," the ATO press center concluded.