"Being aware of the Maiorsk checkpoint ending its work at 6:30 p.m., militants once again committed a provocation, letting about 20 cars with civilians outside their checkpoint.
"Thus, people who tried to enter the government controlled territory became prisoners of the situation. At the same time, militants opened fire on our positions. The civilians, including old people and women with children, found themselves in the firing line and had to flee and seek refuge in the positions of Ukrainian servicemen," the HQ says.
The incident was immediately reported to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination in the Donbas and the U.N. observation mission. The terrorists agreed to cease fire but within five minutes started shooting again.
According to the HQ, the civilians were promptly evacuated to a safer place.
"This provocation clearly indicates that militants neglect the safety of civilians and cynically violate the truce," the report sums up.
On Sept. 20, Russian mercenaries opened fire upon Ukrainian army positions 19 times.