Incident Summary:

12/18/2016: Assailants opened fire on military forces near Debaltseve, Donetsk, Ukraine. This was one of two related attacks in the area on this date. At least 25 assailants and five soldiers were killed and 16 soldiers were injured across the ensuing clashes. The Donetsk People's Republic claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Debaltseve

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Ukraine
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Artillery, grenade launchers, and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201612180043 and 201612180044.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 13
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ukraine army 'repulsed rebel attack' near Debaltseve in east," BBC, December 19, 2016."
"2,900 explosions in a day. Heavy artillery and tank fire returns to the front lines in Ukraine.," Washington Post, December 20, 2016."
"Worst insurgent clash in months claims five Ukraine troops," Japan Times, December 18, 2016."