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Kiev forces deploy Tochka-U missile system near east Ukraine's Kramatorsk — intelligence

May 26, 2015, 13:28 UTC+3

It is not ruled out that Ukrainian forces are going to use the system for an act of sabotage

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A Ukrainian soldier near Kramatorsk

A Ukrainian soldier near Kramatorsk


MOSCOW, May 26. /TASS/. The intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has spotted the deployment of a tactical missile system Tochka-U in the area of the city of Kramatorsk, which is under their control, the republic's defense ministry spokesman, Eduard Basurin, has told the media.

"The location of a Tochka-U missile complex has been recorded near Kramatorsk," the Donetsk News Agency quotes Basurin as saying. "It is not ruled out that Ukrainian forces are going to use the system for an act of sabotage."

According to Basurin the reconnaissance forces registered deployment of other Ukrainian heavy armaments near the engagement line, which is prohibited under the Minsk Accords.

"A battery of Uragan multiple rocket launchers has been moved to the area of Kramatorsk. The presence of platoons of Grad and Uragan rocket launchers has been registered near Olginka," Basurin said. "This demonstrates the Ukrainian authorities’ utter irresponsibility for its commitments to the world community."

According to the Donetsk Republic’s official, Kiev is building up troops in the area of Volnovakha and communities along the road from Kramatorsk to Dzerzhinsk, where, according to reconnaissance, "the greatest amount of prohibited artillery pieces is being concentrated."

Under the package of measures to implement the Minsk Accords, which the Contact Group signed on February 12, all artillery pieces with a caliber of 100 mm and more are to be pulled back to positions 50 kilometers away from each other, multiple rocket launchers, to positions 70 kilometers away from each other, and Tornado, Uragan and Smerch rocket launchers and Tochka-U missiles are to be placed on either side of a 140-kilometer wide zone. The conflicting parties must pull back their weapons to equal distances: Kiev, from the current line of engagement, and the Donetsk and Luhansk republics, from the line established by the Minsk memorandum of September 19.

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