Four Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in the fighting in the ATO area over the past day, said the speaker of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine on ATO Col.
«For last days the dead were not, four Ukrainian soldiers got wounds», — he said at briefing on Monday in Kiev.
According to the speaker of the defense Ministry, all illegal armed groups 38 times fired at positions of ATO forces on the first day of the new year, of them 26 times – in the direction of Mariupol, where the major events took place in the evening.
«The enemy is massively used mortars on the frontline Pavlopol, Shirokino. Our positions released more than 70 min. Fire from light weapons the enemy was almost the whole day… one of the enemy’s fire happened yesterday in Marinka and Novotroitsk. It was still before dawn. In General, as before, on the southern borders restless, but they are under reliable protection,» said Matusevich.
In the direction of Donetsk, according to him, day 1 of January started with active attacks from illegal armed groups on the arc Svetlodarsk.
«Right after the New year Moscow time (23:00 31 Dec 2016 Kyiv time – ed) the enemy opened fire first from small arms and later mortars. Our positions are released on 19 min. later the enemy began provocation in the Trinity, Zaitseva, Verhnetoretskom and the plant. They all ended before 2:00 in the morning. After that, the enemy intensified only after 18 hours, when three times fired power ATO. Each firing lasted about 25-30 minutes,» — said the speaker of the defense Ministry.
On Lugansk the direction the fighting took place only on new year’s eve before sunrise. «The enemy fired three times our positions in the Village of Lugansk and the surrounding S. PPE. Heavy weapons were not applied. The attacks were a fairly short — no more than 15 minutes,» said Matusevich.
12 of the 38 attacks, he said, was carried out with heavy weapons, including 11 in the direction of Mariupol and 1 in Donetsk.
In addition, according to Motuzyanik, January 1, in the area of the ATO there were two flights of enemy drones.
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