The situation was steadily tense over the past day in the ATO area. The enemy refuses to respect the silence mode and actively uses banned heavy weapons. In particular, militants used 120-mm mortars 17 times, and 122-mm guns twice yesterday.
This was stated at a briefing of Presidential Administration's speaker on ATO matters Colonel Andrii Lysenko, Censor.NET reports.
"At the Mariupol direction, shootouts resumed near Shyrokyne, where the enemy is the most active at night. It was quiet in other areas of this sector yesterday.
"At the Donetsk direction, shelling of our positions continues in the area of the Donetsk airport: The most tense situation is in the village of Pisky, where illegal armed groups are actively using prohibited weapons, forcing our military to open fire. [The situation] is uneasy in the northern suburbs of Horlivka: yesterday our fighters engaged with a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the enemy in the area of Zaitseve. As a result of precision fire of the ATO forces the enemy retreated.
"At the Luhansk direction, the militants were active in Shchastia, opening massive fire on our positions from different types of small arms. The silence mode is also not respected in the area of Bakhmutka highway. In particular, snipers of the militants are operating in the area of Sokilnyky.
"As a result of fighting in the Donetsk region, 31 towns and villages along the demarcation line have been cut off from electricity supply. The cities of Donetsk, Avdiivka, Mariinka, Horlivka, Vuhlehirsk, and Debaltseve have been partially cut off," Lysenko stated.