According to the press service's message, the most difficult situation in near Debaltseve, the Donetsk region.
"The enemy has been conducting intensive shelling of the ATO forces' positions. Our soldiers are carrying out counter-battery fire. Illegal armed gangs are also attempting an offensive, but each time are being repulsed by the Ukrainian defenders," the command staff stressed.
The fighting in the Donetsk airport and in its vicinity continues. In the morning Thursday, the enemy shelled the positions of the Ukrainian army near Tonenke with Grads for five times. Avdiivka and Marinka were also shelled with mortars. Failed attack attempts were noted near Verkhniotoretske.
"Near the 29th and 31st checkpoints, the militants were shelling our positions with artillery and Grads near Krysmke and Nyzhnie in the morning. At around 10 a.m. a tank-on-tank engagement occurred here. Due to competent actions of our tankers, the enemy retreated, and the area is relatively calm at the moment.
"At Mariupol direction, the terrorists fired at our positions six times. Ukrainian military opened fire in response," the message reads.
In addition, it is stressed that the terrorists continue to shell civilians. Hranitne village was fired at with artillery, and Avdiivka was shelled from the Grad rocket launchers.