President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that the attack of the illegal armed groups on the JFO positions in the Luhansk region using the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements was an attempt to disrupt the peace process in Donbas, however Ukraine was determined to repel any manifestations of armed aggression.
"On the fifth anniversary of the Debaltseve tragedy, militants and invaders organized a cynical provocation. This morning, they attacked the JFO positions near the settlements Novotoshkivske, Orikhove, Krymske, khutir Vilnyi. The shelling was carried out by weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine decently repelled the aggressor. Unfortunately, casualties are reported on our part,” the President of Ukraine said.
He added that the battle was now over.
According to the Head of State, this armed provocation aims to disrupt the peace process in Donbas, which has begun to advance in small but continuous steps.
“We will convene the NSDC meeting today to discuss and decide on the next steps. Our course towards the end of the war and our commitment to international agreements remains unchanged - as does our determination to repel any manifestation of armed aggression against Ukraine,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized.