Russian-backed forces violated the ceasefire in Donbas 48 times over the past week, with no combat losses recorded among Ukrainian defenders during this period, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's ArmyInform news agency has reported.
"According to daily reports from the press center of the Joint Forces headquarters, from December 28 to January 3, Russian occupation forces violated 48 times the agreements reached by the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk," the report said.
According to the report, the hottest day of the past week was December 28 when the enemy opened fire 13 times on Ukrainian positions from 120mm mortars and grenade launchers near Vodiane. The enemy used a drone to adjust fire. One Ukrainian defender was wounded in the shelling. The serviceman was taken to a medical facility and received qualified medical care.
Representatives of the Ukrainian side of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination verified the consequences of the shelling of the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from proscribed weapons near Vodiane.
In addition, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission's long-range UAV recorded 60 weapons located beyond withdrawal lines but outside the designated storage sites, particularly 35 weapons in a training area near Myrne and 25 weapons in a training area near Miusynsk.
On January 1, an enemy UAV was spotted flying from the direction of Yakovlivka. Ukrainian servicemen shot down the drone after it crossed the contact line.
OSCE representatives were informed through the JCCC about ceasefire violations by Russian-backed forces, the report said.
Between December 28 and January 3, units of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine from the Joint Forces restored damaged buildings and ensured the functioning of points of assistance to the population located near entry and exit checkpoints in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In particular, 20 hectares of the area were inspected and about 200 explosive devices were disposed of. Rescuers provided pre-medical and psychological assistance to 30 civilians at the checkpoints.