As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was announced by Presidential Administration speaker on anti-terrorist opeation (ATO) matters Andrii Lysenko.
"If Russia wanted to disband those gangs, it would only need to restrain their financing. Along with that, we are recording that ammunition, fuels, weapons and all that's needed for conducting combat activities are still supplied by the Russian Federation to the Donbas," Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Saturday.
He stressed that the number of terrorists who went to hospitals with home accidents, poisoning, knife and shot wounds has grown.
Answering the question whether information that militants refuse to complete ordered tasks was true, Lysenko noted that it often happens that conflicts arise among the gangs, including armed ones.
In general, speaking about the situation in the east of Ukraine, Lysenko said that the cease-fire regime was observed at the Luhansk direction on Jan. 1, and the day passed without armed provocations. "According to information from the State Border Service, one drone was recorded flying at the height of about 1,000 meters," the PA speaker noted.
However, armed provocations were conducted by the illegal armed gangs at the Donetsk direction near the Donetsk airport on Jan. 1.
At the Mariupol direction, he said, the militants opened aimed fire from small arms and grenade launchers against the ATO forces' positions two times.
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