The fighting has spread out all along the contact line in Debaltsevo area, where Kiev forces have been attempting to break through LPR defense lines for two days.


“The fighting is ongoing along the contact line in Debaltsevo area,” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.


“LPR militiamen thwart the enemy’s attempts to advance to inhabited areas.  Ukrainian armed forces use 152mm and 122mm artillery, mortars and heavy military hardware,” he said.


Earlier today Marochko said Kiev forces kept shelling LPR positions in vicinity of Debaltsevo with heavy artillery.


A heavy fighting erupted on December 18 in vicinity of Debaltsevo as units of 54th brigade of Ukrainian armed forces attacked LPR positions in Kalinovka village area, the fighting left 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, 2 LPR militiamen wounded and two unaccounted for.


In the night December 18-19 Ukrainian armed forces shelled Logvinovo village with heavy artillery and mortars that were taken from the storage areas, where the withdrawn heavy weapons are to be kept in accordance with Minsk Agreements.