: Azov and Donbas battalions returning to the frontline

16:09 Jun. 23, 2016

Azov and Donbas battalions returning to the frontline

Soldiers of Donbas volunteer battalion attend a ceremony before being sent to the front in eastern Ukraine, March 2015 (UNIAN photo)

Adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister explains the decision by the escalation of fighting

Zorian Shkiriak, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, has justified the decision to return the National Guard's special-task regiments Azov and Donbas to the frontlines in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine.

"First of all, it goes about a rapid reaction brigade of the National Guard and Azov and Donbas special-task regiments. They will return to the frontlines and will fulfill their functions of direct contact with the enemy," Shkiriak was quoted as saying by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry press service on its official Facebook page.

According to him, these units on numerous occasions proved their high combat readiness and effectiveness.

Shkiriak added, that now when the conflict has escalated again, the positions of the Ukrainian army constantly come under fire, and the activity of the enemy's sabotage groups and snipers has increased, the return of volunteer battalions is justified.

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The volunteer battalions were withdrawn from the Donbas frontline in summer 2015, and replaced by the servicemen from the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Based on reporting by Interfax Ukraine


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