"Information regarding the shelling of Horlivka conducted by the militants has been confirmed. This is not an isolated case when we see them (the militants - Ed.) deliberately shelling towns and villages they temporarily control. These actions are aimed to put blame on the Ukrainian servicemen which is untrue. Their another goal is to destroy the infrastructure there as much as possible to have reasons to justify the future so-called humanitarian convoys arriving to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine from the Russian Federation," Motuzianyk said.
He also noted that the situation has deteriorated at the Luhansk direction in recent days.
"Apparently, the militants consider this direction one of the most promising. The militants keep shelling our positions in this area almost along the entire line of contact. If one takes a look at the map, it's the villages of Syze, Zolote, Popasna, Shchastia, and Stanytsia Luhanska. They are basically using small arms, grenade launchers and the weapons banned by the Minsk agreements there, in particular, 120-mm mortars. The attacks with the use of tanks and anti-aircraft guns were recorded as well," the presidential administration representative said.