Since the beginning of January 18, Donbas militants violated the ceasefire five times; as a result of shellings, eight Ukrainian soldiers were injured. This was reported in the press center of the JFO HQ on Facebook page.
"Four enemy shellings were reported in the Donetsk sector, namely: near the settlement of Pisky militants used small arms; nearby Krasnohorivka an easel anti-tank grenade launcher. The enemy made 16 shots. Nearby Pavlopil militants shoot from two VOG-17 grenade launchers of 30 mm caliber; in the area of Vasylivka enemy attacked from small arms, - said in a statement.
As a result of shellings, eight soldiers of the Joint Forces were injured.
Earlier we reported that Russia is financing the "authorities" of the Donbas militants through the Bank of South Ossetia.
"Investigators of the special services found that in order to avoid sanctions against the banking sector, the Russian Federation created special financial institutions on its own territory and in the temporarily occupied areas of Donbas. Since 2014, after introducing the territory of the ruble zone into the so-called Luhansk People's Republic, Russia designed the financing mechanism of the “authorities' apparatus.” The SBU has documented for a long time that, to conceal the direct financial support of fake institutions in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region, Russia involved a financier South Ossetian banking institution, through which funds were transferred", the statement said.
According to the SBU, the annual amount of financing of Donbas "authorities" by the Russian Federation exceeds 30 billion Russian rubles (490 million USD). It is noted that this amounts to more than two-thirds of the total needs of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic.