Ukraine's Armed Forces 122nd Battalion Soldier Masi Nayyem wrote on Facebook on the situation near Avdiivka as at 5:53 p.m. Feb. 03, 2017, Censor.NET reports.
He wrote: "Since the General Staff has already disclosed information about Almaz position, I guess I can tell or better show you a little bit more.
"Our guys forced Russian terrorists a little bit back. Their position is somewhere over there. The tanks are also deployed not far from that place. The artillery strikes' intensity increases after dawn. We can clearly see the tracks of the enemy heavy equipment moving there. Almost no artillery strikes impacted Avdiivka's industrial zone today. Where do they hide their Grad multiple rocket launchers? That's right, at the locations which our guys will never hit.
"As for the concerns of the Russian propagandists that our tanks allegedly take cover behind residential buildings, first of all no, the tanks do not hide behind houses and, most importantly, they do not commit attacks from the residential neighborhoods.
"Secondly, it is at least strange to accuse us that we used tanks (from combat positions) after we came under heavy Grad missile strikes. Especially, when the projectiles launched from Donetsk accurately hit homes and the school.
"And yes. Martin Brest was right: you'd better recover bodies of your soldiers. Or it will be impossible for the guys from the 72nd Brigade to think of you even less in terms of how you care of your soldiers.
"Image courtesy of Martin's copter. Keep it up, Martin's copter!" Masi Nayyem 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.
On Jan. 30, enemy strikes left the government-controlled town of Avdiivka without electricity, water and heat.
In the evening of Jan. 30, a state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka.
As reported by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff press center, militants carry out not stop attacks on Ukrainian positions near the town.
A regional coordination center to aid local population has been set up.
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.