Armed Forces of Ukraine once again increased the intensity of shelling of towns and villages, as well as positions of DPR People’s Militia. Ukrainian commander deploy fresh units and conduct rotation.
From the second half of the day Ukrainian military periodically shell north-western districts of Gorlovka by mortars, grenade launchers, small arms are also fired. Enemy drones are also been spotted. In the evening Ukrainian army opened fire at villages in the south-west and north of the city.
Intensive combat takes place in the area of Shyrokaya Balka, Avdeevka industrial zone and the airport. The enemy uses heavy artillery, mortars, grenade launchers and small arms. Recon UAVs have been spotted over northern Donetsk. Staromikhailovka in the west of Donetsk and Aleksandrovka in the south-west are reported being shelled.
DPR recon continues to register movement of Ukrainian military hardware banned by Minsk Agreements along all of the frontline. A division of Ukrainian army arrived to Nelepovka (Gorlovka direction) on military hardware and stationed there. Approximately 30 armed foreign mercenaries arrived to Novoselovka Vtoraya area (Donetsk direction) on three vehicles. Two Ukrainian tanks were discovered on the territory of the cemetery in Vinogradnoye village (Mariupol direction). Not far from Primorskoye (Mariupol direction) positions of two “Msta-B” howitzers are spotted.
Casualties suffered by Ukrainian Armed Forces as a result of several attempts to breach the lines of defense of the Republic in the Mariupol direction which took place in the past seven days became known. 40 Ukrainian militants were killed in these operations, approximately 100 were wounded. According to DPR recon, Nazi Azov regiment that participated in the attacks lost at least 25 men killed. On its pages in the social networks Azov regiment denies being present in Sector M of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation zone” (zone of the punitive operation in Donbass).
According to updated information, on October 18 Ukrainian army shelled the frontline areas of the Republic 595 times, 491 times artillery was fired. Zaytsevo, Gorlovka, Shyrokaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Vasilevka, airport, Zhabichevo, Trudosvkie and Aleksandrovka, Kominternovo, Novaya Tavriya, Leninskoye, Sakhanka and Bezymiannoye were shelled. Four servicemen of DPR were killed, another three were injured.