Lugansk militia reports that Kiev-backed forces are carrying out their attacks using emplaced artillery, RPGs, mortars and small arms. They add that militia positions have been fired on in seven different positions in a 24 hour period.
Earlier, Lugansk militia reported repulsing an attempt by the Ukrainian army to break through in the area around the village of Kalinovka. Ukrainian forces were reported to have lost ten killed and twenty wounded, with two militiamen injured and two reported missing.
In April 2014, Kiev launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region. The republics proclaimed independence following a coup in Kiev in February 2014. According to the United Nations, the civil war has claimed the lives of over ten thousand people, including several thousand civilians. Millions more have been internally displaced, or forced to flee abroad.