Over the past day Ukrainian military violated ceasefire on the contact line of the parties between Ukraine and the DPR 357 times. Southern villages underwent the heaviest shellings, reported the Vice-Commander of the Republic's Operational Command Eduard Basurin.
"Ukrainian fighters violated ceasefire 357 times over the past day. At that the enemy launched onto the Republic's territory 79 mortar shells of 82mm and 120mm calibre, and 246 shells from various types of grenade launchers. Along with that there were applied IFVs and small arms," he said.
The Vice-Commander reminded that the American senator John McCain had visited Mariupol on December 31 for rendering moral support from the USA.
"Your fight is our fight, and we will win together," said the senator then, having expressed hope that the DPR territory would "be liberated" by the AFU in 2017.
Right after his visit Ukraine's army opened massive fire in the Mariupol direction, at the villages of Kominternovo, Sakhanka and Leninskoye. According to the intelligence data provided by Basurin, in defiance of Minsk-2, the AFU redeployed to this area, near Starognatovka, two self-propelled howitzers "Akatsiya"
"The increase in the number of shellings at the southern boundaries of the Republic demonstrates that the command of the 36th separate marine brigade (deployed near Mariupol) decided to show its notorious fighting capacity zealously," added Basurin.
The following localities underwent the AFU shellings over the past day of "the New Year's ceasefire": Gorlovka, its localities of Zaitsevo and Shirokaya Balka, the city of Yasinovataya and Krutaya Balka and Vasilievka villages northwards from it, and also the nearfront zones of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk – the localities of Aleksandrovka and Trudovskiye. In the Donetsk direction the DPR intelligence detected redeployment of three units of MRLS 'Uragan' (near Vasilievka village).
DONi News Agency