Pro-Russian rebels deliberately set on fire dry grass and forests in the touch zone to push Ukrainian army from its positions, the army spokesman said Aug. 18.
“The enemy continues to use incendiary ammunition to set the area around our outposts on fire. Given the hot weather, the fields and forests are very dry,” he said.
Civilians living in the area suffer greatly from the fires, the spokesman said. In Zaitseve, several houses burned down when an incendiary shell hit the area, he said.