A subversive-reconnaissance group of pro-Russian militants attacked the positions of the Ukrainian military near the settlement of Yuzhne in the Donetsk region. As a result of the fighting, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four servicemen were injured, reported the press service of the 24th Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The attack on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which are located on the southern outskirts of the recently liberated village, occurred on Monday morning, May 21.
"An enemy sabotage group consisting of up to 10 fighters was detected [near Ukrainian positions]. The counter-sabotage reserve of the brigade moved to intercept the subversive group of the enemy, stopping its advance and throwing the enemy away from the position of the defenders of Ukraine, " the message of the 24th Mechanized Brigade reads.
According to the Ukrainian military, the militants suffered significant losses and were forced to withdraw under the cover of mortar fire.
During the battle, two Ukrainian servicemen were killed, including the commander of the anti-sabotage group, Andrei Maslov. Four soldiers were also wounded. They were taken to the hospital.
Earlier, the command of the Ukrainian Joint Forces reported that pro-Russian militants, supported by the mortar fire, tried unsuccessfully to push back the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Horlivka, in the vicinity of Zaitseve, Shumy and Novgorodske settlements.