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Ukrainian military claiming no volunteer battalions present in Donbass

May 05, 2015, 3:14 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, May 5. /TASS/. There are no ‘volunteer’ battalions in the zone of the so-called antiterrorist operation in the war-torn Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, claims the press center of the operation in Donbass in a statement it put up on its page in Facebook.

It says combat tasks are performed by the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, militarized formations, units of the forces of law and order, and other governmental departments engaged in fighting with terrorism.

Eduard Basurin, the spokesman for the Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic said on Monday the nationalistic ‘volunteer’ battalion, which had been incorporated in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, continued indiscriminate shelling of the townships of Sakhanka and Shirokino and destroying the houses of peaceful civilians.

Ertugrul Apakan, the head of the special monitoring mission of the European security organization OSCE said earlier militants from a volunteer battalion had meddled with the activity of an observation post in Shirokino.

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