Two groups of scouts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to approach the positions of the DPR in the Gorlovka area, but were rebuffed. This was stated by the head of the press service of the people’s militia, Daniel Bezsonov.
The incident occurred on the night of December 16th in the area of the settlement of Verkhnetoretsk and Svetlodarsk.
“Our observers promptly identified an approaching enemy, dragged them into a trap and fired with small arms, forcing him not only to abandon the task, but also forced him to run away” Bezsonov said, Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying .
During the unsuccessful raid, five Ukrainian soldiers from the 130th reconnaissance battalion were injured, and the survivors fled from the battlefield, leaving their wounded.
Also, the representative of the DPR noted the activation of the Ukrainian military forces in the vicinity of Gorlovka, including the use of drones.
The armed conflict in the Donbass began in the spring of 2014 and continues to this day . Residents of the region refused to recognize the new power of the country, which changed in February of the same year, and announced the creation of the DPR and the LPR.
In response, Kiev began the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO) against them, replacing it in April 2018 with the operation of the combined forces (EP).