According to the headquarters, the illegal armed groups have carried out 18 attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops since 6:00 p.m. until this morning.
"The area of the Donetsk airport and villages around it remain to be the center of escalation. At 11:00 p.m. the militants shelled the meteorological tower of the airport, and then repeatedly shelled the positions of the Ukrainian troops around the airport," the statement reads.
It is also noted that the terrorists opened mortar and artillery fire on the Ukrainian strongholds near Staromykhailivka, Taranchuk, Arkhanhelske, Tonenke, Maloorlivka, Leninske and Shchastia (Luhansk region).
The militants used Grad systems to shell Tonenke, Mariinka, Pisky and Olenivka (the latter three times). There are also five recorded cases of aerial reconnaissance using UAVs near Hirne, Berdianske, Topolyne, Staryi Aidar (twice)," the press center reports.
In total, the militants opened fire against the positions of the Ukrainian troops 75 times.
"Our troops do not yield their positions and, if necessary, return fire, suppressing the most active and dangerous fire points of the terrorists," the HQ notes.