In the area of the Joint Forces Operation on December 21, two violations of the ceasefire by the armed formations of the Russian Federation were recorded, one of which was with the use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, - the JFO headquarters reported. The enemy fired from small arms in the direction of Shyrokyne. The enemy fired 120 mm mortars near Marinka. One member of the Joint Forces was injured as a result of hostile actions. The warrior is in a hospital. His state of health is of moderate severity. Ukrainian defenders opened fire in return without using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements, which forced the enemy to stop shelling.
Leader of the "DNR" Denis Pushilin promptly supported the unsubstantiated statement of Russian Defenve Minister Sergey Shoygu about the alleged provocation with chemical components being prepared in the Donbas by the "U.S. private military companies". The leader of the separatists stated this in an interview with one of the Russian radio stations. Earlier, Shoygu reported at an expanded meeting of the Defenсe Ministry board with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation that, allegedly, "tanks with unidentified chemical components have been delivered to the cities of Avdiivka and Krasnyi Lyman to carry out provocations". Pushilin promptly reacted to the unsubstantiated statement and played along with the Russian defence minister. "This country has become a testing ground for external players' experiments, and its residents – hostages of the current situation. Unfortunately, following the lead of the so-called partners, official Kyiv is ready to sacrifice not only the citizens of the DNR and LNR, but also its residents living in the territory", - Pushilin stated helpfully.
A fire broke out in a residential area in the Kalininskyi district of occupied Horlivka. This was reported by the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DNR". A three-room apartment on the second floor of a two-story building along Bohomolets Street caught fire. "Rescuers carried a man born in 1958 out of one apartment to the fresh air and a man born in 1981 out of another down a flight of stairs. The injured were hospitalized in a health care facility", - the message said. It was noted that the fire completely destroyed the apartment and the balcony, as well as the roof on an area of 8 sq. m. Also, 40 sq. m of walls were fuliginous,60 sq. m overlap were damaged.
Water supply to Rovenky and part of the Dovzhansk (Sverdlovsk) district in the occupied Luhansk region was suspended due to an accident at the main water pipeline. This was said in the message of the so-called "Ministry of Emergency Situations of the LNR". "From 04:00 on December 21, due to an accident at the Rovenky main water pipeline, water supply to consumers in the city of Rovenky and through the Volodarsky main water pipeline to the settlements of the Sverdlovsk district: Pavlivka, Nahirne, Medvezhanka and Volodarsk, was stopped", - the message said. They promise to supply water on December 22. Earlier, Luhanskvoda repeatedly cut off the centralized water supply to Rovenky due to accidents at the main water pipeline. In addition, voltage drops in the power grid led to interruptions in the supply of water in Luhansk and Sorokyne (Krasnodon) district.