DONETSK (QHA) -

On October 18, the situation continues to escalate in the area of the Antiterrorist operation in the Donbas, the press center of the ATO headquarters stated on Facebook.

Militants have violated the ceasefire 53 times over the day, as a result of which two Ukrainian servicemen were injured, and one more was wounded in an explosion.

“More than half of the total number of shelling over the past day occurred in the Donetsk area. In particular, in the evening, militants several times attacked the defenders of Avdiivka with mortars of the 82 millimeters caliber, as well as various types of grenade launchers. Moreover, our positions in Luhansk, Mayorsk and Kamenka came under fire from grenade launcher as well. And about 6 p.m, as a result of the shelling of Ukrainian strongholds with the use of 120-mm mortars and weapons of the infantry fighting vehicles, one of our soldiers was injured," reads the report.

The terrorist groups of ORDLO fired on the positions of the ATO forces in Luhansk, Donetsk and Mariupol directions.

Earlier QHA reported that over the day of October 17, in the area of the Anti-terrorist operation, the ORDLO militants violated the ceasefire 44 times, as a result of which 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 4 others were injured. Several times the militants fired on the strongholds of the ATO forces near Avdiivka, Butovka, Novoselivka Druha, Troitske and Mayorsk with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. The terrorist units also continued to fire at the positions of the Ukrainian army near Marinka.

QHA