According to him, clashes were registered in areas of the cities and towns of Donetsk, Luhansk, Horlivka, Pervomaisk, Ilovaisk.
"The preparations for the further push towards Shakhtarsk-Torez-Snizhne-Krasnyi Luch were conducted. Part of terrorist groups that moved to strengthen the defenses of the militants in the area of Shakhtarsk, Torez and Snizhne were neutralized by simultaneous air and artillery strikes. The rest of the militants arrived to estimated areas and organized the defense," Tymchuk writes.
He also noted that the ATO forces control part of the route connecting Horlivka with the militants' forces in the town of Yasynuvata and the city of Donetsk: "Thus, Horlivka terrorist group is cut off from the DPR."
"ATO forces conduct raids on the territories conventionally controlled by the terrorists. The low density of forces and means of the militants is noted in their rears - all manpower and arms of the DPR and the LPR were thrown to the front line," Tymchuk added.