This was announced by the General Staff press center head Vladyslav Selezniov on air of 5 Channel, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.
According to him, Aug. 9 in the evening, militants carried out first attack at the Ukrainian army positions near Starohnativka.
Early Monday morning, terrorists launched an offensive that was repelled by Ukrainian military.
Around 11:10 a.m. militants covered the ATO forces positions in this area with fire from Grad rocket systems.
According to the General Staff, the enemy suffered significant losses.
Precise data is still being gathered, though some enemy equipment have been already reported destroyed.
"One tank, two infantry fighting vehicles, and one armored personnel carrier were destroyed in this battle," Selezniov said.
The General Staff says militants follow direct orders of the Deputy Commander of Land Forces of Russia Aleksandr Lentsov, who has recently arrived in the Donetsk region.
As of 4 p.m. the General Staff has been informed of the death of one Ukrainian soldier with four more having been wounded in the fighting near Starohnativka.