Over the past day, the militants 29 times fired at the positions of Ukrainian servicemen in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in Donbas. Enemy shells hit the residential areas of a front-line settlement, the ATO press center reported on 23 June. In the coastal sector, there were 13 instances of ceasefire violations, notably in the Shyrokyne district, where the Russia-backed separatists twice shelled the defense fortifications of the ATO troops from 120-mm mortars and small arms. In the evening, the terrorists fired 82-mm mortars and infantry weapons at the ATO strong points near Maryinka and Pavlopil. The ceasefire violations were also committed in the areas of Hnutove and Lebedynske.
In the same sector, the terrorists once again shelled the residential areas of Maryinka from mortars, as a result of which a local resident was wounded.
In the Donetsk sector, all five instances of shelling were in the southern and north-eastern suburbs of Avdiyivka. During the day, militants several times opened fire from grenade launchers, small arms, infantry fighting vehicles and antiaircraft guns near the village of Kamyanka. An enemy sniper was active in the area. Late in the evening, terrorists lobed one ATO stronghold near Avdiyivka from 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.
In the Luhansk sector, the enemy used mortars of 120-mm caliber and less powerful weapons to lob the positions of Ukrainian military stationed near Krymske. After the onset of twilight, the areas of Novooleksandrivka, Donets and Troyitske, Shchastya, Zhovte and Lobachovo were under the fire of enemy infantry weapons.
Over the past day, two Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded in action.
The Tripartite Contact Group earlier announced about the beginning of the so-called "harvest truce" ie the observance of ceasefire during the harvesting period from 24 June onwards.