"Today the situation in the ATO area is characterized by a significant deterioration at the Donetsk direction. Starting 6 a.m. today, illegal armed groups carried out 22 attacks on the positions of the Ukrainian military. First the militants 6 times opened fire using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars against our units holding positions near Mariinka. Subsequently, the terrorists switched fire on the defenders of the Donetsk airport and the village of Pisky. There was also fire against our positions near Krasnohorivka, Opytne and Severne. The militants actively used small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and tanks. It should also be noted that illegal armed forces twice opened artillery fire on the Ukrainian military from residential areas of Donetsk. Our troops did not respond to such a provocation and did not open return fire," the statement says.
"Also during the day 6 attacks in other parts of the ATO area were recorded. In the Donetsk region the militants fired on Mykolaivka, Zolote, Nikyshyne and Chornukhyne. In the Luhansk region they opened mortar and small arms fire at our positions near the village of Krymske.
The Ukrainian military is in full control of the situation and firmly hold their positions," the statement concludes.