Monday, December 19 2016 20:53 EET
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War in Ukraine started again: Ukrainian troops face heavy clashes near Debaltsevo - video of artillery and mortars battle
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Militants attacked Ukrainian positions but were repulsed and lost strategic height, Russian artillery fired thousands of mines from residential area

During the Sunday's attack at Svitlodarsk Bulge Russian proxies fired from artillery and mortars from residential areas, which is prohibited by the Minsk agreements, Chief of the Joint Operations Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Oleksandr Sirskiy reports Uatoday.

"There were three fire raids lasting from three to six hours each. In general, during this period, 34 shells of 122mm caliber, 694 mines of 120mm and 82mm calibers were launched on our units," Sirskiy said at a briefing on the current situation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

He specified that militants had fired artillery systems from the village of Kalynivka, and the towns of Vuhlehirsk and Debaltseve. According to him, this "did not allow the Ukrainian military to respond adequately in order to avoid civilian casualties." Sirskiy noted that the fighting had taken place in the area at a distance of 36 km from the demarcation line, determined by the Minsk memorandum dated September 19, 2014. "Russian occupation troops should have withdrawn from this very area, including Debaltseve, Vuhlehirsk and other settlements, as it was repeatedly discussed at the meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk," General stressed.

Chief of the Joint Operations Staff reminded that as a result of the fighting, according to preliminary data, the enemy losses amounted to 20 KIA and over 30 WIA. According to the ATO HQ, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in action and another six troops were wounded, while 10 soldiers were shell-shocked. Sirskiy said that the situation at the Svitlodarska Bulge was calm at the moment, but added that it could change dynamically at any time. He assured that the situation was under control of the Ukrainian military.