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The Ukrainian military reported on Sunday that the ceasefire had been violated by Russian-backed forces 22 times over the previous 24 hours. Notably, many of those violations were in the Mariupol sector — the same general area toured yesterday by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and three US senators.
In the Mariupol sector, the occupiers fired 82mm mortars on the villages of Shyrokyne and Vodiane, as well as grenade launchers and small arms on the town of Maryinka, and the villages of Vodiane, Pavlopil, Lebedynske and Novotroyitske, the ATO HQ said in an evening update.
ATO HQ: Militants attack Ukraine 22 times Jan 1, mostly in Mariupol sector
Combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in eastern Ukraine 22 times from 00:00 to 18:00 on Sunday, January 1, including 13 in the Mariupol sector, six barrages in the Donetsk sector, and three in the Luhansk sector, according to the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.
Notably, one Ukrainian soldiers was wounded in Zaitseve, just north of Gorlivka, about 40 kilometers north-northeast of Donetsk.
As we reported, yesterday U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Arizona), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) visited Mariupol and spoke about the need to stand up to Russian aggression, whether it be their physical invasion of Ukraine or their electoral interference in the US.