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Self-defence forces in southeast continue to seize buildings - Ukraine’s Security Council

KIEV, June 29, /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council claims self-defence forces in Donetsk have seized a chemical plant in that city to use it for the manufacture of hand grenades.

Self-defence forces in Donetsk “are acting in the breach of the truce and go on seizing administrative buildings,” spokesman for the Council Andrei Lysenko told a briefing on Sunday. “Thus, on June 28, they seized the building of the local interior department in Konstantinovka, Donetsk region, and took control over a police detention ward and local office of the Kievstar mobile operator in Lugansk.” On Saturday, armoured cash-in-transit vehicles of Yuzhkombank were seized in central Donetsk on Saturday, he claimed.

The press service of the Donetsk department of the Ukrainian interior ministry said on Sunday that representatives of the newly proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic had seized army unit number A-1402.

“In violation of the truce, self-defence forces launched a massive shelling of a check point of the Ukrainian National Guard,” according to the National Guard press service. “The check point near Karachun hill in the Donetsk region is being shelled from a tank and mortars.” The press service reported no casualties among the National Guard servicemen.

“Five Ukrainian servicemen were killed and 17 more wounded in Donbass [a coal-bearing area in Ukraine’s southeast, encompassing the Donetsk region], Alexei Dmitrashkovsky, a spokesman for the headquarters of the military operation in the southeastern regions, said on Sunday.

Earlier, Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko extended the ceasefire regime in the southeast regions till 23:00 on June 30.