Head of the Donetsk civil-military administration (CMA) Pavlo Zhebrivskyi wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
"Yesterday, the pro-Russian militants severely shelled south of the region, Shyrokyne and Sartana villages in particular, with Grad rocket systems, tanks and heavy artillery. About 20 houses, gas pipeline and transformer were damaged," he wrote.
The fighting in the vicinity of Avdiivka has been underway since late Saturday, Jan. 28.
After three days, Ukrainian soldiers managed to take enemy positions and improved their tactical set-up in the area. Unfortunately, casualties were reported among the military.
According to the National Police, six civilians had been wounded and 26 houses damaged as of morning, Feb. 1. A female body of a civilian was found in Avdiivka downtown on Feb. 1.
The Donetsk regional civil-military administration said the sides had agreed to cease fire until 5 p.m. Wednesday.
On Feb.4, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reported on the militants' attacks at workers repairing the Donetsk water filtration station.
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"It's hot. Shelling intensified, lasts two to four hours," - Ukraine Armed Forces fighters in Avdiivka industrial area. VIDEO(0)