The engagement has been underway in Shyrokyne village during the entire evening today. The enemy was shelling the Ukrainian soldiers from tank guns. Horbunov noted that it was today's fifth shelling. The first began at night. The second was at day time.
The militants fired at the Ukrainian military from small arms at 5 p.m. They used 82-mm and 120-mm caliber mortars, as well as grenade launchers at 5:08 p.m.
"The enemy engaged tanks at 5:30 p.m. The battle is underway so far. There are no losses on the Ukrainian side.
"The village of Shyrokyne was shelled at 6:50 p.m. Mortars have been used there from 6 p.m. The Ukrainian military have not opened fire in response. There is no threat to the city though the gunfire may be clearly heard due to the east wind.
"The militants were committing shelling from tanks in Shyrokyne vicinity as of 8 p.m. The Ukrainian military fired in response from weapons of the permitted caliber. There are no casualties," Horbunov said.
The residents informed the outlet that they have seen flashes along the coastline near Vynohradne village.
According to a fisherman who at that time was on the beach pier, he heard gunfire several times, but it has never been so powerful and he has never seen flashes before.
The sounds of the gunfire have triggered car alarms in Ordzhonikidze district near the "Rankovyi market" at 8.10 p.m.
The Azov regiment report posted on VKontakte at 8.11 p.m. reads: "The terrorists started committing heavy shelling of the Ukrainian servicemen positions in Shyrokyne and nearby villages at about 6 p.m. They used self-propelled artillery systems, mortars, and small arms. The attacks were so powerful that the residents of the eastern neighborhoods of Mariupol could feel the shock waves and the windows were shaking. The battle continues at the moment. There are civilian casualties. Their number is unknown. The Azov regiment retains all of its positions. There is no threat to the city."
According to Dmytro Horbunov's report as of 9 p.m., the shelling intensity decreased after 8 p.m. but it was not ceased completely. The militants used tank guns and mortars. The Ukrainian troops were granted permission to use 82-mm mortars in response.
There was still no information on casualties.
Volunteer Dmytro Chychera reported on his page on Facebook that two Ukrainian military were wounded during the shelling. "We have two wounded. They received light wounds: shrapnel wound to the shoulder, shell shock and tangential wound of the upper leg," he wrote.