MARIUPOL (QHA) -

Over the past 24 hours, as a result of hostilities in the ATO zone, one Ukrainian serviceman was killed, another one was injured, according to the report by the Speaker of the Ministry of Defense on ATO issues, Colonel Aleksander Motuzyanik.

"Over the past 24 hours, as a result of hostilities, as a result of enemy fire, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in Avdiivka, another Ukrainian soldier was injured as a result of enemy fire near Zaitsevo," Motuzianik said.

The militants continued shelling in the Popasna district, as well as in the Krymski and Novotoshkovsky districts on the Bakhmut highway. In the latter two regions the gangs, after a sunset fired a gunshot with mortar, and during the day, limited themselves to short-term firing from light weapons. In the Popasnyansky district, the invaders were active in Troitsk and Novoaleksandrovka.

Another case of the militants' cease-fire violation was observed yesterday August 21 in Sataryi Aidar, near Shchastya, and in Stanytsia Luhanska. Here the militants fired machine guns. In the course of the past day, nine enemy shellings were recorded on the Lugansk direction.

Avdiivka, as well as the neighboring Ukrainian position of Butovka mine, remain the places of violent confrontations between the Ukrainian military and the Russian-occupation troops. Totally, the time of fighting at these lines on August 21 exceeded 10 hours. During this time the illegal armed gangs launched over 70 mortar shells at Ukrainian fortifications, and also continuously fired from light weapons. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, reliably holding the fort, returned fire.

Situation remains tensed in Zaitsevo, where militants fired six strings of busts, each lasting from 30 minutes to two hours. The pro-Russian forces used the entire arsenal of light weapons at their disposal, including armored personnel carriers and mortars. It is further reported that residential quarters of the village are repeatedly fall under fire. Several houses were burnt as a result of firing with incendiary shells.

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