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DPR intelligence spots Ukrainian army’s heavy weapons at contact line

July 10, 2015, 16:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The DPR defence spokesman said all the weapons are located near the contact line, which testifies to Kiev authorities’ unwillingness to resolve the conflict in Donbas peacefully
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MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. Intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has spotted new concentration of military equipment and personnel of the Ukrainian armed forces along the contact line, DPR defence ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Friday.

"We have spotted the arrival of three self-propelled artillery systems in the Krasnogorovka settlement; four units of the Grad multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and two self-propelled artillery systems in the Andreyevka settlement; in the Granitnoye settlement — two Grad MLRS and four self-propelled artillery systems; in the Novoselovka Vtoraya settlement in the forest belt area — one Uragan MLRS," Basurin is quoted by the Donetsk news agency.

The DPR defence spokesman said that "all the weapons spotted by the intelligence are located near the contact line, which testifies to Kiev authorities’ unwillingness to resolve the conflict in Donbas peacefully."

The DPR defence spokesman added that the 72nd separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian army shelled the Krasny Oktyabr and Belaya Kamenka settlements of the Telmanovsky district. "The same as the day before, the Ukrainian army units used heavy weapons with the calibre more than 100 mm that are banned by the Minsk agreements," Basurin said.

The DPR defence ministry earlier reported 46 instances of violation of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian security forces over the past 24 hours. In particular, the Ukrainian army opened fire on the cities of Donetsk (Kiev district), Gorlovka and Dokuchayevsk, as well as the Krasny Oktyabr, Belaya Kamenka, Staromikhailovka, Zaitsevo, Yelenovka and Yasnoye settlements.

The ceasefire regime in the Donbas region in the south-east of Ukraine officially came into force on February 15. A peace deal struck on February 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and people’s militias starting from February 15, followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement and prisoner release. The package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements envisages the pullback of all heavy weapons by both parties to locations equidistant from the disengagement line in order to create a security zone at least 50 kilometres wide for artillery systems with a calibre of 100 mm or more, a zone of security 70 kilometres wide for multiple rocket launchers and a zone 140 kilometres wide for multiple rocket launchers Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch and the tactical rocket systems Tochka-U. The final document says that the Ukrainian troops are to be pulled back away from the current line of engagement and the militias of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, from the engagement line set by the Minsk Memorandum of September 19, 2014.

The weapons withdrawal was to be completed in the first half of March. However, DPR populated localities still come under intensive fire of the Ukrainian armed forces that also use heavy artillery and MLRS.

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