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 Militants dressed in Ukrainian Army uniforms provoke ATO forces, - ATO press center

The militants shelled the Ukrainian troops’ positions with 82-mm and 120-mm mortars more than 20 times from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, despite their statements on withdrawal of the weapons.

The ATO press center reports citing the statement of the Joint Center for control and coordination of the cease-fire in the Donbas (JCCC), Censor.NET informs.

"The Ukrainian side of the JCCC is particularly concerned by multiple cases of the "LPR/DPR" militants' employment of weapons that have to be withdrawn to the specified distance in accordance with Minsk agreements of Feb. 12, 2015. The withdrawal of tanks as well as artillery with caliber under 100 mm and mortars with caliber under 120 mm are meant. The militants employed 82-mm and 120-mm mortars over 20 times from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, though they have spread information on the withdrawal of these types of weapons from the contact line in their own propaganda media," the statement reads.

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Head of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC Major General Borys Kremenetskyi drew attention to the fact that the militants had increased the number of attacks on the Ukrainian Army positions almost two times Nov. 8 in comparison with the previous day. The situation at the Donetsk and Horlivka directions was especially tense.

In addition, Kremenetskyi said that the militants regularly used the tactics of provoking the ATO forces detachments. In particular, the ATO forces engaged in battle with militants who were dressed in the Ukrainian Army uniforms and used colored armbands-identifiers Nov. 8.

"Such cases are contrary to all internationally established norms and principles of war. In addition, we have repeatedly warned and informed the OSCE SMM about the preparation of provocations including the use of military uniforms of the Ukrainian Army by the militants of the illegal armed groups of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," he added.

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The Ukrainian side appealed to the OSCE SMM to enhance patrols in some areas in connection with the attacks against the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which number has been constantly increasing. The head of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC also stressed that the detachments of the Ukrainian army "will decisively repel the aggression of illegal armed groups."

 
 
 
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