Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has arrived in the Svitlodarsk arc area (Donetsk region), where fighting has intensified over the past four days. Turchynov noted that the Ukrainian military positions have been continually shelled for four days in a row with artillery weapons and large-caliber mortars banned by the Minsk agreements. He claimed that the Ukrainian troops “repelled the attacks” and “in counterattacking, moved forward and took new positions”.
A Russian colonel has died in Syria after shelling in Aleppo by opposition forces, the Russian Ministry of Defense has stated.
“Colonel Ruslan Galitsky has died in the hospital from severe wounds. The serviceman was wounded during shelling of a residential neighborhood in western Aleppo by militants of the so-called opposition.” The serviceman was working with a group of Russian military counselors, the Ministry added.
Death toll from indiscriminate shelling by Saudi-funded mercenaries on a public market in Taiz city rose to 24 and 27 injured, an official told Saba on Sunday. The death increased because the mercenaries continued shelling the area and nearby al-Jamala quarter until late time that prevented ambulances and rescue teams from searching for possible survivors, deputy manager of the health office Wathaq al-Fakih told Saba.
Russian military reported that two Russian soldiers were injured by enemy fire in Aleppo when a humanitarian corridor, they were guarding, was shelled by militants. The attack targeted the western part of the corridor near Castello road. A unilateral ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city came into force at 9am local time on Friday and lasted for ten hours, until 7pm. The pause is intended to allow civilians and armed militants to leave the eastern part of the city through separate humanitarian corridors. Earlier on Thursday, militants intensified their attacks on the government-held western part of the city.