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 Army to return withdrawn artillery to front line if situation escalates, – General Staff

If the situation escalates further, Ukrainian troops will be forced to return the artillery, withdrawn under the Minsk agreements, to the front line.

The Ukrainian side notified the representatives of the OSCE mission, speaker of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vladyslav Selezniov said, Censor.NET reports.

"The situation in the ATO area remains tense. We (the Ukrainian side. - ed.) warned the representatives of the OSCE mission that if the situation escalates further, we will be ready to return the artillery, withdrawn according to the Minsk agreements, to the front line," he said.

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"So far the ATO forces are using the available weapons and means that are left on the line of collision," he stressed.

Selezniov added that the Ukrainian side expects a report from the OSCE SMM detailing if the other party of the conflict complied with its obligations on withdrawal of weapons with a caliber less than 100 mm.

"Recent events in the ATO area indicate that not all the weapons which were supposed to be withdrawn by the militants are withdrawn," he stressed.

 
 
 
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