"The ATO forces are isolating the crisis area by conducting checkpoints, observation and support posts, consistently adhering the conditions of Minsk memorandum and protocol. At the same time, the uncontrolled terrorist armed groups continue shelling positions villages and towns that are under our control," the statement says.
According to the press center, the insurgents committed mortar shelling of the Ukrainian troops' positions at night near the towns and villages of Avdiivka, Ridkodub, Olkhovatka, Debaltseve, Nikishyne as well as the shelling of our servicemen positions near Tonenke village using MLRS BM 21 Grad.
"The ATO troops' search and clear raids forced the terrorists' gangs operating in the area of the village of Smile to scatter and retreat. The insurgents lost up to 14 men, one tank, one self-propelled gun and one mortar during the day," the ATO headquarters notes.
"The situation in the Donetsk airport and Mariupol is under the control of the ATO forces," the ATO press center added.