DONETSK (QHA) -

ATO headquarters informs about five dead and six wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

Around six in the morning on Sunday, December 18, Russian occupation troops launched artillery training using mortars and cannon artillery. The Ukrainian Armed Forces respected the cessation of hostilities.

The significant enemy forces attempted a turning movement in the area of  Luhanskaya village to hammer out the advanced units of the ATO forces from their positions and change the contact line of the parties.

Ukrainian Armed Forces took the fight, during which seized the initiative, pushed the enemy back and made a counter-attack. The enemy was forced to retreat, leaving the military property and equipment made in Russia.

According to intelligence reports, militants losses amounted to more than 25 people killed and 30 wounded.

“Unfortunately, we suffered losses as well. Five soldiers were killed and six wounded: four soldiers were slightly injured and two obtained moderate wounds. All the victims were provided with qualified medical aid,” according to the ATO website.

During the yesterday's offence, the occupiers repeatedly opened fire on the positions of the ATO forces at Svetlodarsk arc with 122 mm artillery and 120 mm mortars.

In Mariupol direction, Shirokino was shelled with the 122-millimeter artillery, mortars of various calibres were employed in Talakovka, Vodyanoe, Gnutova, Pavlopol was fired with small arms and a sniper operated in Marinka.

In Luhansk region in the direction of the Troitskoe, invaders fired Ukrainian positions with mortars. Novoaleksandrovka was fired with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, and Sizoe, Zheltoe and Luganska village were fired with small arms.

In the Donetsk direction the occupants fired Luhanskoe and Avdeevka with 122 mm artillery and 120-millimeter mortars.

In total 24 shelling have been recorded over the past day.

Photo: Internet

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