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Donetsk republic’s intelligence sees Kiev military buildup near contact line

May 25, 2015, 13:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
This shows that the Ukrainian leadership continues military preparations taking advantage of the ceasefire that came into effect starting from February 15, DPR’s defence ministry spokesman said
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MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. The intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic reports that Kiev is sending its troops and heavy weaponry to the contact line, DPR’s defence ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Monday.

"The buildup of heavy weaponry banned under the Minsk agreements has been reported," Basurin was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying.

Ukraine’s army has deployed BM-21 Grad and Uragan 9K57 multiple rocket launcher systems to the villages of Velikaya Novoselka and Olginka. The Smerch 9K58 heavy multiple rocket launchers were spotted near the Bogorodichnoye village, he said.

A city hospital was also seized by the Ukrainian battalion in Dzerzhinsk, he said, citing the intelligence data. "The medical personnel were forcefully evacuated and the work of the medical facility has been blocked," he said.

Foreign mercenaries have also seized private property in the village of Artem, he said. A private military company has accommodated up to 60 people in a residential building near a children hospital, Basurin said.

This shows that the Ukrainian leadership continues military preparations taking advantage of the ceasefire that came into effect starting from February 15, the spokesman stressed.

The Kiev authorities place the stake on the foreign mercenaries and also on the work of sabotage groups against the Donetsk republic’s militias, as well as "indiscriminate shellings against civilians and the destruction of the civilian infrastructure of the republic," he said.

The spokesman reminded that the DPR leadership and militias "continue strictly complying with their commitments under the Minsk agreements."

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