"The Russians have assaulted the 31st checkpoint located on Bakhmutka road. They throw tanks into battle after six hours of artillery preparation conducted from all types of weapons. Our military brewed up one tank, but it is not clear so far how many troops and equipment are involved in the operation, which is aimed to surround the village of Krymske, to lock the 24th Brigade of the Armed Forces based there.
Russian military entered into Zholobok village. It is not some separatists or Cossacks - it's namely the Russian servicemen," the journalist wrote.
The Verkhovna Rada deputy from Samopomich faction Semen Semenchenko has also confirmed this information on his page on Facebook.
"There is a battle underway creating an immediate threat to both checkpoints. The detachments of the Donbas battalion as well as the National Guard and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, located in the area are placed in operational readiness," Semenchenko wrote.