National Security and Defense Council Information Analysis Centre speaker Andrii Lysenko said at the briefing, Censor.NET reports.
The tensest situation is in the Luhansk region. The terrorists shelled our strongholds near the village of Stanytsia-Luhanska using artillery, mortars, grenade launchers and small arms. A survey of a population concerning the equipment, weapons and personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine located in Stanytsia-Luhanska district is conducted at the checkpoints controlled by the terrorists in the Luhansk region.
The militants twice shelled the ATO forces positions near Olkhove village from Grad multiple rocket launchers. They also conducted multiple artillery strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine strongholds near the town of Shchastia and Artioma village.
Our fire support groups have substantially increased their skills during combat operations. The Ukrainian artillery immediately responds to the enemy fire. The ATO forces are destroying the terrorists' firing points in response - the enemy does not have time to change its location and suffers heavy losses of manpower and equipment.
Massive militants' attacks of the Bakhmutka road continue: the terrorists twice used Grad multiple rocket launchers for shelling of our stronghold near Muratove village. They also used artillery and tanks against Ukrainian servicemen positions near the villages of Sokilnyky and Triokhizbenka.
The militants fired at ATO forces strongholds and checkpoints at Mariupol direction near the villages of Hranitne, Chermalyk, Mykolaivka in Telmanove district and Mykolaivka village in Volnovakha district using artillery, mortars and small arms. The increase of militants' number was registered near the city of Novoazovsk. At the same time, the internal conflicts escalate among the militants. In particular, there was a clash between the militants near Sakhanka village, after which some of the militants pulled back in the direction of Bezimenne village.
The Ukrainian detachments defending Mariupol improved their interaction. In particular, special exercise with participation of the National Guard of Ukraine soldiers, the Armed Forces servicemen and the representatives of the city self-defense was successfully carried out yesterday. The event was held on the initiative of the sector command, representatives of NGOs and local authorities. Joint actions to localize diversions and provocations have been worked out.
The terrorists attacked Ukrainian detachment at Debaltseve direction near the village of Mius. The assault was successfully repulsed, the enemy retreated. The terrorists committed artillery shelling of the ATO forces position near Chornukhyne village. The militants' activity has significantly decreased in general at this direction in comparison with previous days. The enemy suffered significant losses and has no time to replenish the ranks of the armed groups lately.