Donetsk, Aug 21 – DAN. Kiev forces' casualties in killed and wounded amounted to seven as Ukrainian army tried to break through DPR positions in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport, said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin.

"Yesterday the DPR armed forces foiled Kiev's attempt to establish a foothold in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport to be used in offensive on Donetsk, perpetrated by the forces of a mechanized infantry platoon of the 57th separate mechanized brigade. Ukrainian side suffered losses in two killed and five wounded servicemen," he said adding that the enemy's infantry fighting vehicle was also destroyed.

Yesterday, in the evening of August 20, Ukrainian army launched an offensive in the vicinity of Zhabitchevo north of Donetsk, the attack was thwarted and the enemy was made to retreat to its positions. One DPR serviceman died defending the Republic. *ot