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 Over last 24 hours Ukraine suffered heaviest losses in 2016, - NSDC Secretary Turchynov

The demonstrative and large-scale intensification of bloody provocation by Russian occupation forces completely nullifies the cease-fire. Using Minsk-banned heavy weapons placed in the residential neighborhoods of occupied settlements, they have greatly increased the intensity of attacks on Ukrainian army positions.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov said, Censor.NET reports referring to NSDC press service.

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"Only in the past 24 hours, seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and nine were wounded in enemy attacks," the NSDC secretary said, stressing these were the heaviest losses since the beginning of the year.

"The responsibility for this bloody provocation rests on the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation, which systematically and consistently endangers the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the liberation of occupied territories," he stressed.

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According to Turchynov, Russia's systematic preparation for active military confrontation is evidenced by the concentration of Minsk-banned hardware along the demarcation line.

"Besides, during the month, terrorists have stepped up the use of reconnaissance and combat drones," he added.

The NSDC secretary noted that drones are launched both from occupied territory and Russia.

"I want to draw the attention of our strategic partners to the blatant and cynical discrediting by Russia of all the joint peace efforts," Turchynov said, stressing that "the path of appeasement instead of stiffened sanctions and other real actions leads only to increase in the number of victims both among the Ukrainian military and civilian population, and also poses high danger of Kremlin's unleashing full-scale hostilities in Europe."
 
 
 
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