"Over the past dayuncontrolled armed groups several times attacked the Donetskairport with the use of tanks. The Ukrainian soldiers repulsed theassaults; this strategic site is under our control," the statementsays.
The press centeradded that the attacks were also carried out against the Ukrainianpositions in the area of Debaltseve andTrudovske.
"Right now wecontinue to hold all our positions: checkpoints, support andobservation points," the headquarters reports.
In addition, it isnoted that the ATO forces also provide security and defense ofMariupol and are "in full control of the situation in the seasidetown."
According to theATO HQ, "within the framework of prisoners exchange group 30Ukrainian soldiers were freed and are now in a safe place, beingprovided with medical and psychologicalassistance."