News from Ukraine: Ukraine representative in Contact Group releases Kyiv's counterarguments at Minsk talks

18:26 Aug. 27, 2016

Ukraine representative in Contact Group releases Kyiv's counterarguments at Minsk talks

Pro-Russian rebels fire artillery toward Ukrainian position at Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport outskirts the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 14, 2014 (AP Photo)

Russian-backed militants continue to use weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements

Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group, Yevhen Marchuk, made public some excerpts from the documents presented by Kyiv during peace talks in Minsk, which confirm the deterioration of the situation in the conflict zone.

"It is necessary to note that all the information that you will read is formally reported by the Ukrainian side to the OSCE SMM," Marchuk wrote on his Facebook page.

As reported, militants violated the ceasefire 1,386 times in the period from August 1 to August 25, 2016, including 675 cases when they used weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.

This includes five attacks with tanks, 23 attacks with 152-mm caliber artillery, 62 attacks with 122-mm caliber artillery, 585 attacks with mortars, including 230 firings using 120mm mortars and 355 times with 82mm mortars.

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At the same time, during the August period, militants fired 8,643 rounds, of which: 65 were tank shells, 1,877 were artillery shells (457 shells of 152-mm caliber, 1,420 shells of 122-mm caliber), 6,701 were mortar shells (2,929 mortar shells of 120-mm caliber, 3,772 mortar shells of 82-mm caliber).

During the August period, nine clashes were reported near the villages of Bohdanivka (on 04.08.2016, 15.08.2016, 18.08.2016), Maryinka (06.08.2016), Starohnativka (07.08.2016, 13.08.2016), Mykolaivka (13.08.2016), Novooleksandrivka (14.08.2016), and Avdiyivka (22.08.2016), during which the illegal armed groups operated from infantry combat vehicles, and fired mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and small arms against the ATO forces. As a result of these clashes, the Ukrainian armed forces reported two soldiers killed in action (sanitary – 2).

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It is also noted that the recent period saw a surge in the number of targeted firings (97%) at Ukrainian positions, contributing to higher war losses among the Ukrainian armed forces.

The militants also continue active reconnaissance activities, in a bid to chart the ATO forces' battle formations, as well as identifying sites of fire strikes within the tactical and operational-tactical structure of Ukraine's defense.

Reporting by UNIAN


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