Secretary of National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov says the number of shellings significantly increased in the past two weeks
Over 3000 shells and mines were fired towards Ukrainian positions over the last week, reports National Security and Defence Council (NSDC). The main part of shellings happened in Mariupol region. NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov held a meeting with the ATO military leadership to discuss the situation.
According to Oleksandr Turchynov, the situation in the ATO zone remains tense, especially in the Mariupol direction: "The largest number of provocations and intensity of attacks are carried out near Marinka, Krasnogorivka, Vodyane, and Shyrokyne". "Even during the negotiations of the Normandy four, attacks on Ukrainian positions by the Russian aggressor did not stop", - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine stated adding that during his stay in Vodyane and on the Ukrainian positions closest to Kominternovo, which is occupied by the aggressor, the Russian artillery was continuously firing our positions.
"Such actions of Russian-terrorist groups prove the deceit and manipulation in Putin's statements during international negotiations on the ceasefire, and clearly delineate the boundaries of his "sincere desire to resolve the conflict", - Mr. Turchynov said.
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine also emphasized that we cannot exclude that the peace initiative of the Russian party "is just a disguise for the intensification of military confrontation".
"The Ukrainian military are ready for any pace of developments. Positions on the contact line are fortified and winterized. All the attempts of Russian-terrorist groupings to break through our defense line are doomed", - the NSDC Secretary stressed.