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 Number of Russian air defense systems reaches new high since the start of the conflict - U.S. State Department

The U.S. State Department says that additional Russian air defense systems have been placed in the Donbas.

Russian troops deployed additional air defense system in eastern Ukraine and moved some of them to the front line, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

He added that it was the greatest concentration of Russian air defense equipment in Eastern Ukraine since August last year. According to him, the forces of the "DPR"/"LPR" do not withdraw artillery systems and multiple rocket launchers from the areas where such weapons are banned under the Minsk agreements. Rathke added that Russia is once again building up its troops at the border with Ukraine.

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In addition, Washington expressed concern about the situation in the area of Shyrokyne near Mariupol, where OSCE mission reported the most intensive bombardment since the start of fighting in the area on April 26. Rathke noted that Russian backed separatists continue their artillery fire on the Ukrainian troops and deny access to the OSCE which is a clear violation of the cease-fire agreement and the Minsk agreements.


 
 
 
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