Russian Aggression against Ukraine: Ukraine readies for sharp escalation in Donbas as three more troops killed

14:16 Aug. 7, 2016

Ukraine readies for sharp escalation in Donbas as three more troops killed

A Ukrainian soldier fires machine gun during the fight with the Russian-backed separatists at the Avdiivka industrial zone, Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 25, 2016 (Getty Images)

Combined Russian-separatist forces are rotating fighters and pulling in weapons

Ukraine predicts violence in Donbas may escalate to the new highs, the country's top military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko told journalists in Kyiv on August 7.

Read also Combined Russian-separatist forces readying for massive assault in Donbas – intelligence

Lysenko explained that across whole frontline the combined Russian-separatist forces are pulling in weapons, rotating their fighters and receive new military equipment and manpower from Russia, using the uncontrolled areas of Ukraine-Russia border.

"In the north of Crimea Russian troops carry out their maneuvers, and at certain time movement at the Crimean checkpoints was stopped at the initiative of the Russian side. We have to realize that at any moment the occupation forces may begin an offensive of any scale" said Lysenko.

The military spokesman specified that not only militants, but their commanders from Russia's Armed Forces are stationed on the other side of the contact line.

"We know that Russian officers, who command and plan all the military operations, are undergoing constant rotation," he added.

Read also Ukraine reports 54 separatist attacks in last day

The ongoing fighting in Donbas resulted in new casualties suffered by the Ukrainian army over the past day.

Three servicemen were killed and four more injured. According to Lysenko, the fiercest attacks were launched at the Ukrainian positions in the village of Krymske, where 3 soldiers were killed and two wounded.

Read also Combat and non-combat injuries: 10 Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donbas warzone 

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