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 Ukraine says escalation in Donbas possible, is ready to such development, - ATO speaker

The Ukrainian side believes escalation of the conflict in the Donbas is possible and says it is ready to such development.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Presidential Administration speaker on ATO matters Andrii Lysenko to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"We are preparing heavy equipment that could be deployed and used to stop the enemy in case of a massive offensive. In that case we will definitely inform international community about the escalation... We are monitoring the situation... The enemy would not be spending resources without purpose. So we think that escalation of the conflict is possible, and we are ready to it," Lysenko said.

According to him, Donetsk and Mariupol directions remain the hottest.

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"Things are not so tense at Luhansk direction. Artillery used by the enemy inflicts losses and damages to civilian infrastructure. Yesterday, local residents suffered in Zaitseve, including a porch roof of a building destroyed by a shell...

"This is done in order to provoke Ukrainian troops for retaliation. For that purpose, journalists of Russian media are brought to the area to be showed that Ukrainians open fire. Their stories are subsequently aired. This is how they attempt to deceive the international community and to show that Ukraine allegedly does not fulfill the Minsk accords.

"In fact, OSCE monitors record everything. Sometimes militants do not allow OSCE to their territory, so OSCE reports about it daily," the AP speaker said.

He also said pro-Russian militants incur greater losses than the Ukrainian side.


 
 
 
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