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Kiev reinforces its positions in Donbass with artillery and Right Sector radicals

January 10, 2016, 19:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. Kiev has reinforced its positions along the line of engagement in Donbass with a howitzer battery and Right Sector radicals, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Sunday citing reconnaissance reports.

"A battery of conventional artillery of the 30th brigade has been spotted in the settlement of Svetlodarsk. Moreover, units of Ukraine’s Right Sector paramilitary corps have reportedly arrived to the settlement of Spartak, which is an evidence of reinforcement of the Aidar battalion with nationalist units," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

Apart from that, according to the DPR defense ministry, Kiev has pulled an engineer unit to organize a pontoon ferry into the zone of responsibility of the 30th brigade at the Gorlovka direction.

The Contact Group signed the key package of measures for peaceful settlement in Donbass, known as Minsk-2, on February 12. Under the document, the sides are to withdraw heavy weapons from the contact line, namely artillery systems of 100 mm caliber or more to the distance of at least 50 km, multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS) to the distance of 70 km and most powerful Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch MLRS, as well as tactical missile systems Tochka/Tochka U to the distance of 140 km.

In late September, a supplement to the Minsk-2 package was signed withdraw weapons under 100mm calibre to a distance of 15 kilometres for the line of engagement. Still, the DPR regularly registers separate instances of shelling on the part of the Ukrainian army.

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