Donetsk, Dec 28 – DAN. Two Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups made an unsuccessful attempt to approach Republican forces on the Mariupol direction, said DPR People's Militia deputy chief-of-staff Eduard Basurin.

"Two enemy's squads each of 12-14 troops attempted to sneak up on our positions but instead stumbled upon their own minefield. Some mines were triggered, preliminary, injuring three soldiers and killing two."

The remaining troops leaved the area promptly.

"We were holding them at gunpoint all the time, from the moment they left their positions till their inglorious retreat," Basurin said.

He report is to be updated in the morning.

The incident occurred on the eve of another ceasefire, which is to come into effect on December 29 at 1.01 GMT+3. *ot