In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on July 18, the armed forces of the Russian Federation violated the ceasefire six times, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy and his mercenaries shelled the positions of our units using grenade launchers of various systems, large-caliber machine guns and small arms. One soldier was injured as a result of the enemy attacks. Our units gave an adequate response to shelling by the armed formations of the Russian Federation and its mercenaries.
Leaders of the "DNR" and "LNR" occupation administrations recorded a video message to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they ask him to comply with the Minsk agreements. This was reported by separatist media. In particular, the "DNR" leader Denis Pushilin told that a rally continues in the "republic", during which residents of the occupied territories are voicing "the demands that… were formulated at the Minsk site. The "LNR" leader Leonid Pasechnik also demanded from Volodymyr Zelensky to "hear ordinary people" demanding the implementation of the Minsk agreements. This appeal of the leaders of the "republics" appeared simultaneously with the statements of the Opposition Platform – For Life leader Viktor Medvedchuk that the occupied territories of Donbass are ready to return to Ukraine under the conditions of broad autonomy, separate Constitution and Verkhovna Rada.
Militants in the Horlivka direction use weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements on the positions of the Joint Forces, - the JFO press center reported. In particular, the number of mortar and ATGM shelling of the fortifications of the Ukrainian military increased. "The enemy resorts to the tactics of psychological pressure, using "wandering"mortar and small arms. Our military stay alert and are always ready for an adequate response to the aggressor", - the report said.
Five trucks with humanitarian aid proceeded through the Novotroitske checkpoint towards the occupied territories, - the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported. Humanitarian aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross with a total weight of 91.1 tons includes medical equipment, hygiene products and food kits.