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 "We are shelled with Grads, retaliate with small arms" - ATO speaker

The Ukrainian army is fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk agreement: while Ukrainian positions are shelled by terrorists with Grads, the government forces can only retaliate with small arms.

This was announced by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) HQ press officer Leonid Matiukhin on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, it was quiet in the night of Nov. 17 in the ATO area.

"Certainly, we cannot and would not retaliate Grad fire, but when they shell us with large-caliber machine guns and automatic grenade launchers, our military outgun them when they can," Matiukhin said.

The speaker added that the Ukrainian party does not respond to provocations or return the heavy weapons to their positions.

Read more: Terrorists committed 25 attacks yesterday evening. Suburbs of Krasnohorivka and Hirnyk shelled with Grads

"This is the moment when observers should strongly speak about what the other party is doing. We are abiding by the Minsk agreements, and are being shelled by Grads, like today, and we can only retaliate with small fire. As long as we have chosen this arbiter, this arbiter has to justify its activities, so we are awaiting some serious steps from them," the press officer noted.

As reported earlier, the militants used Grads to shell civilian residential areas twice in the evening of Nov. 16.
 
 
 
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