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ATO troops refuse to pull out from Stanytsya Luhanska amid shelling

Situation escalates in Donbass.

The unremitting shelling, including from heavy weapons indicate the reluctance of the leaders of the separatist republics to implement the agreements on the disengagement of manpower and weaponry cast doubt on the withdrawal of troops at Stanytsya Luhanska any time soon, reads the statement of the head of Ukrainian delegation in the Joint Center for Supervision and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCSCCC) Maj. Gen. Borys Kremenets

The statement points out to the recent escalation of the situation and a significant increase in ceasefire violations along the line of contact between the parties, as militants use weapons and military equipment, which should have been pulled out to the distance set out in the Minsk Agreements.

Thus, 10 October saw 49 enemy attacks, including 25 (336 shells and mines) from 152- and 122-mm, artillery systems, and 120- and 82-mm mortars.

On 11 October, the enemy launched 48 attacks on the ATO positions (629 mines and shells of various calibers).

12 October at 22.00 - 41 shellings (988 artillery shells and mines) recorded.

In recent days, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 19 wounded.

The greatest fire impact was in the Mariupol sector, which accounted for about half of all attacks. In less than three days this area saw over 1,600 explosions of artillery shells and mines.

The OSCE monitors report breaches of ceasefire in the vicinity of disengagement areas, particularly in Petrovske and Zolote.

There is a danger of the use of snipers and saboteur groups, the statement warns.