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 Russia prepares to resume hostilities in Donbas at any time, - NSDC Secretary Turchynov

There is no reduction in the number of Russia's occupation troops in the Donbas. On the contrary, Russia continues to deploy militants, arms, and equipment in the occupied territory and is ready to relaunch operations at any moment.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.

"Let's have it objectively - we have not had a single day after the signing of the Minsk agreements, when Russian troops and terrorist groups would not violate the cease-fire. In fact, almost every day, our positions come under tense fire. It's clear that in critical situations we have to retaliate and we do it quite well. But every day we have wounded or even killed soldiers, and rare are the days when we do without losses," the NSDC secretary said.

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Russia's plans, according to him, should be judged "not by their false statements but particular actions."

"We register reviving the logistic schemes of transferring weapons and equipment to the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. There is no reduction in the number of Russia's occupation troops. What we see is accumulating the ammunition at warehouses, and it is not intended for saluting in honor of the peace talks," Turchynov noted.

At the same time, he believes that the further development of the situation in the Donbas is largely dependent on how events in the Middle East will unfold, as Russia will not be able to simultaneously carry out active combat operations on several fronts.

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"A major deterrent for Russia's possible offensive against our country is building layered active defense lines (three in total) as well as raising professionalism and combat readiness of our army. However, it's hard to predict what will happen in the Middle East and the east of Ukraine. The only thing we have to understand is that they prepare to resume active operations at any moment, and we must be ready to act appropriately and decisively," the NSDC secretary concluded.
 
 
 
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