ATO HQ reports Russia's occupation forces shell Dokuchayevsk
Russia's occupation forces have shelled the town of Dokuchayevsk, which is outside Ukrainian-controlled territory in Donbas, the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) headquarters has reported.
"The Russian occupation troops have fired heavy weapons, presumably 82mm mortars, on the town of Dokuchayevsk, which is not under Ukrainian control. Our troops stationed near the village of Novotroyitske recorded that while shelling Ukrainian positions from 82mm mortars, the mercenaries fired in two directions: towards ATO strongholds near Novotroyitske and towards Dokuchayevsk, which is occupied by them," the ATO HQ said on Facebook.
According to unconfirmed reports, there are casualties among the local civilian population as a result of the shelling.
The ATO HQ assumes that the shelling was carried out by militants in order to accuse the ATO forces of it. "Thus, militants once again are creating conditions for accusing the Ukrainian military of shelling in peaceful populated localities near the frontline," the press center for the ATO said on Facebook.
As the ATO HQ said earlier, one Ukrainian soldier was killed in mortar fire in Donbas on Monday, January 22. From 00:00 to 18:00 Kyiv time on January 22, the enemy mounted six targeted attacks on Ukrainian positions, the ATO HQ said.