"Trying to take control of the Donetsk airport, the militants have focused their actions on attempts to destroy the communication between the defenders of this strategic facility and the main ATO forces. During the night, the terrorists conducted repeated mortar attacks on the airport and our positions in Pisky. Last night they attempted another assault on the airport . The attack was repulsed and the strategic facility remains under our control," the statement reads.
The headquarters also notes said that the situation remains tense in the area of Bakhmutka motor road: "The gunmen fired from MLRS BM-21 Grad on our units stationed near the villages of Triokhizbenka, Krymske, Donetskyi, Kriakivka.
"In response the ATO forces destroy fire points of the militants and conduct adequate fire strikes on their positions," the HQ reports.
According to the press center, the shelling of the Ukrainian positions at Debaltseve does not stop: "At night, the militants conducted artillery and mortar attacks in the area of Nikishyne, Mius, and Chornukhyne."
"Six Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battles over the past 24 hours. They are currently in hospitals and receive professional medical treatment," the HQ added.
"The situation in the south of the ATO area remains stable and controlled," the press-center concludes.