"The pro-Russian gangs committed about 60 attacks on our troops over the past day, July 16. More than 40 of them were conducted from 6 p.m. to midnight. The gangs used weapons banned by the Minsk agreements 23 times," the report reads.
According to the headquarters, the Kremlin's terrorists keep waging attacks on peaceful cities and villages: "Avdiivka was shelled from the 152-mm artillery yesterday at 5.30 p.m.; Opytne was attacked from 120-mm mortars at 5.30 p.m. and 10.26 p.m.; Avdiivka was once again shelled from a tank at 6.24 p.m."
"The bandits used 152-mm and 122-mm artillery four times, 120-mm mortars and tanks - about 20 times during the attacks on the ATO forces' positions. The defensive positions of the Ukrainian troops near the towns and villages of Orikhove (Popasna district), Opytne, Novotoshkivske, and Avdiivka were repeatedly shelled. The village of Pisky was shelled by incendiary mines launched from 120-mm mortars," the headquarters noted.
It is also reported that the Ukrainian soldiers have successfully prevented two attempts of the enemy subversives to breakthrough into the rear yesterday, July 16: "An engagement took place near the village of Staryi Aidar at 1.20 p.m. and another one near Avdiivka at 7 p.m. The Ukrainian servicemen forced the enemy to retreat."
"The gangs were conducting harassing fire on the ATO forces from midnight to 6 a.m. today, July 17. Such attacks have repeatedly been recorded near the villages of Pisky, Shchastia, Stanytsia Luhanska, and Shyrokyne. The militants shelled our positions near the village of Khimik from 120-mm mortars at 12.10 a.m.," the press center reported.
"The situation in the ATO area is completely controlled by the Ukrainian servicemen. The Ukrainian soldiers are firmly holding defensive positions," the HQ summed up.