Separatists seized the village of Kominternovo, located in the Donetsk region near Mariupol, reports Ukrainian news Agency UNIAN.
«Yesterday militants took over the village of kominternovo of the new Azov region of Donetsk region. According to operational information, to the town went the strengthened company tactical group of the enemy under cover of armored vehicles. The gunmen carried out searches in the houses of local residents. Already set up firing points, conduct mining», – said the representative of the presidential Administration of Ukraine on ATO Andrei Lysenko at a briefing held on Wednesday, December 23.
According to Lysenko, the Ukrainian command was informed of the capture of Kominternovo representatives of the OSCE and the Special centre for control and coordination of questions of ceasefire and stabilization of demarcation line of the parties.
Meanwhile, the press center of the ATO headquarters reported that on December 23, separatists operating in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, 35 times opened fire on positions of Ukrainian military.
«Since the launch of the latest agreements in Minsk about a complete ceasefire in the zone of the ATO Russian-terrorist forces continue to violate them and resorted to armed provocations against our defenders,» – said the headquarters of ATO.
As previously reported, at the meeting of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in Donbas with the participation of representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE held on Monday, December 22, in Minsk, agreement was reached on the complete ceasefire on the line of contact at 00:00 on the night of December 23.