Over the past day, Ukrainian armed forces opened fire on the territory of the Republic six times, spokesman for the DPR PMD Pavel Fomenko reported at the briefing on December 15. At the Gorlovka front, militants from the 35th AFU brigade’s 503rd marine battalion opened fire twice at the village of Mine 6-7, having fired 6 rounds with an SPG and two rounds with an RPG. At the Donetsk front, militants from the 72nd AFU brigade’s 3rd mechanized battalion opened fire three times using an AGS and small arms at the areas of Yakovlevka and Mineralnoye. The area of Vesyoloye was attacked by small arms from positions of the 56th AFU brigade’s 23rd motorized infantry battalion. Since the beginning of the current 24-hour period, Ukrainian armed forces have opened fire on the territory of the Republic one time. At the Mariupol front, in violation of Clause 2 of the Measures in effect, militants from 36th AFU brigade’s marine battalion fired three rounds with an AGS on the Leninskoye area from their positions in the Vodyanoye area. In addition, our observers reported the enemy conducting engineer work in the area of Vodyanoye, during which an explosion occurred.
“Our defenders are not reacting to the provocations and continue to monitor the enemy, strictly observing the current truce, and stand ready to adequately respond to enemy actions. The facts of gross ceasefire violation were promptly reported to representatives of the Ukrainian party to the JCCC in order to take measures against the violators and exclude the possibility of falsifying ceasefire violations by Ukrainian militants. Note that Ukrainian commanders, by giving criminal orders to open fire on the territory of the Republic on the eve of the Contact Group meeting, openly demonstrate their attitude to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, which once again proves the inability of the Kiev regime and the command of the Joint Forces Operation to control subordinate units and ensure strict compliance with the truce,” Pavel Fomenko stressed.
In violation of Clause 3 of the Additional Measures, the AFU deployed four units of armament and military equipment near residential buildings and municipal facilities in the Ukraine-controlled territory.