The report reads: "The pro-Russian gangsters have been boldly shelling positions of the defenders of Ukraine with 152-mm artillery and 120-mm mortars.
"The militants were shelling the ATO forces' positions near the villages of Novhorodske and Pavlopil in the Donetsk region from 120-mm mortars since the beginning of the day. The militants employed tank near Pavlopil at 4.10 a.m.
"The pro-Russian criminals used 152-mm caliber artillery against the positions of the ATO forces near the village of Hranitne at 12.40 p.m. The same area came under 82-mm mortar fire an hour later.
"The gangs started shelling the ATO forces' positions using 120-mm mortars coincidentally with the beginning of negotiations of the contact group in Minsk, as if by someone's order: the vicinity of Novhorodske village was attacked at 3.20 p.m.; our positions near the village of Luhanske were assaulted at 4 p.m.; Opytne village - at 4.50; Vodiane - starting from 5.20 p.m.
"The pro-Russian criminals executed harassing fire from small arms against the positions of the ATO forces deployed near the towns and villages of Marinka, Pisky, Zolote, Maiorsk, Lozove, and Stanytsia Luhanska.
"Two flights of enemy drones have been recorded in the skies over the Luhansk region.
"The attempts of the Russian-terrorist gangs to find gaps in our defenses appeared to be unsuccessful thanks to duly executed professional actions of the Ukrainian soldiers. The situation in the ATO area is under the control of the Ukrainian servicemen," the statement reads.