Ukraine Live Day 699: Ceasefire Violated 36 Times Saturday Night

January 17, 2016

Ceasefire violations continue despite the new ceasefire deal.

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Ceasefire Violated 36 Times Saturday Night

The Ukrainian military is reporting that between Saturday night and Sunday morning the ceasefire was violated by Russian-backed fighters 36 times. Ukraine Today reports:

The most active shelling has been observed in the area of the Donetsk Internationsl Airport. The Ukrainian positions near the villages of Pisky and Opytne have were attacked with grenade launchers and small arms. Ukrainian soldiers were also been attacked in the area of Starohnativka near the strategic port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.

As we reported yesterday, this comes after Russian-backed fighters were reportedly the ones who shot at OSCE monitors near Marinka.

James Miller