Ukrainian forces report mortar shelling, use of UAVs by Russian proxy forces

17 February 2022, 12:55 PM

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces says that on Feb. 16 it recorded eight violations of the ceasefire in the area of ​​the Joint Forces Operation in Donbas by Russian proxy forces.

According to the press center of the JFO, Russian proxies attacked Ukrainian positions with 82 mm mortars near the settlements of Stanytsia Luhanska and Novozvanivka in Luhansk Oblast.

Near the villages of Lobacheve and Vodiane, Russian proxies operated unmanned aerial vehicles, banned by the latest ceasefire agreed to by Russia and Ukraine, which they used to drop VOG-17 and VOG-25 grenades.

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Shelling from mounted anti-tank grenade launchers and small arms was also recorded near the non-government-controlled city of Luhansk.

On top of that, Ukrainian positions came under small arms fire near the town of Maryinka.

Russian proxy forces are also said to have fired mounted anti-tank grenade launchers and heavy machine guns not far from the village of Syze.

Near Katerynivka, Ukrainian positions were targeted by mounted anti-tank grenade launchers and automatic grenade launchers.

The JFO reports no casualties as a result of the attacks.

By the morning of Feb. 17, Russian proxies had already fired 122 mm artillery near the village of Prychepylivka, and used 120 mm mortars in the vicinity of Vodiane. Mortar shelling was also reported in Stanytsia Luhanska, in particular, a kindergarten suffered a direct hit from an artillery strike.

No fatalities have been reported, though two teachers were confirmed to have suffered concussions.

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