In Mariupol direction, occupants have placed their forces on the highest level of readiness, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The overall situation in this area tends to further aggravation.
“Divisions of the 9th separate assault motorized rifle regiment of the Marine Infantry (Novoazovsk) of the 1st AC (Donetsk) RF Armed Forces are placed on a high degree of readiness, personnel layoffs are prohibited. Combat units of the howitzer artillery battery of the separate artillery brigade of the 1st AC (Donetsk) RF Armed Forces, mortar batteries of the 1st and 2nd separate motorized rifle battalions (120 mm mortars) and howitzer-propelled artillery battalion of the 9th separate assault motorized rifle regiment of the Marine Infantry carried out attacks on positions of Ukrainian ATO forces in the areas of Vodyane, Lebedinske and Shirokino,” the GUR of the Ministry of Defence posted on Facebook.
It is also noted that militants stepped up the reconnaissance in Mariupol direction.
According to the Luhansk Regional Civil-Military Administration, a car with soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ZSU) has been blown up by a mine in Popasnjansky area. As a result, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and three more were suffered wounds of various severities.