"The battle for the airport is currently underway. The terrorists started to shell the airport from mortars and Grad multiple rocket launchers at 05.15 p.m.," the statement reads.
The ATO headquarters stressed that a fierce battle has been taking place at the airport all day long - the militants were unsuccessfully trying to force the Ukrainian military out from the new terminal during the day. "Our military recorded the use of gas by the terrorists. The specific type of the used substance was not identified but it obviously was one of the tear gas varieties," the ATO press center informs.
"The Ukrainian servicemen hold the Donetsk airport as before and are not going to leave it," the headquarters stressed.
A clash has also taken place near Marinka village not far from the airport at 03.10 p.m. It did not last long - the Ukrainian military fought back. The gangs also actively shelled villages in the area close to the terminal. The terrorists' artillery strikes hit the villages of Pisky, Opytne, and Tonenke.
The militants have shelled the anti-terrorist operation forces 37 times totally on Jan. 16.
"The illegal armed groups have 37 times shelled the positions of the Ukrainian military from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The terrorists continue to actively use multiple launch rocket systems against both our forces' positions and the villages located near the front-line," the statement reads.
Thus, it is noted that from the militants attacked Shchastia, Triokhizbenka and Krymske in the Luhansk region from Grad MLRSes, and shelled Mykolaivka village in the Donetsk region from mortars, artillery and anti-tank guided missiles.