November 20, 2015 –
Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski
“The return of the ‘territorial battalions’ to the front will lead to sad consequences for the UAF – People’s Police of the LPR”
The return of the so-called “territorial volunteer battalions” to the contact line might lead to tragic consequences for the UAF leadership. The deputy chief of staff of the People’s Police, Colonel Igor Yashchenko, stated this today in a briefing to Lungansk Information Center.
He commented on information that on November 18, the Azov battalion, infamous for its crimes against Donbass civilians, arrived at Stanitsa Luganska, which is under the control of Kiev security forces.
According to Yashchenko, the strengthening of Ukrainian positions on the contact line with volunteer battalions will lead to armed clashes between units of the enemy.
“As a result of the strengthening of frontline positions of the UAF with volunteer battalions, clashes between the enemy’s units, which have different political motives for being at war, will be observed,” he reported.
“At the current moment, UAF units are solving their internal conflicts, and the carrying out of offensive operations by un-coordinated units can lead to sad consequences for the military leadership of the UAF,” Yashchenko added.
On this note, he stressed that the people’s police is doing everything possible to peacefully resolve the conflict and prevent a resumption of hostilities.
He also noted that Kiev, in violation of the Minsk Agreements, is continuing to supply UAF units on the line of contact with UAV’s, and that UAF units are continuing to increase the number of military equipment, including helicopter gunships, close to the front line. In particular, he noted that, according to the intelligence of the people’s police of the LPR, “approximately 160 units of military equipment and two Mi-24 and Mi8 combat helicopters have been detected in the south-eastern outskirts of Svatovo.”
In addition, on November 10, the deputy chief of staff reported the identification of cases of UAF military equipment being moved along the contact line and deep inside Kiev-controlled territory. In his words, “by such demonstrative actions, Kiev security forces are attempting to intimidate and disturb” the people’s police, which “are now on combat duty near the front lines” and “provoke them to use weapons in order to blame the LPR of armed aggression.”
In addition, residents of Stanitsa Luganska , not far from the village of Bolotnoe, reported the transfer of Ukrainian military vehicles to the residential area.
We recall that on September 30 the head of the LPR, Igor Polotnitsky, signed the Addendum to the Set of Measures for Fulfilling the Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015 concerning the withdrawal of tanks and artillery of over 100mm and mortars of a calibre up to and over 120 mm. A day earlier, on September 29, as a result of the meetings of the contact group held in Minsk and its sub-group, which works on the security of participants in negotiations, a document on the withdrawal to 15km from the contact line on either side of weapons less than 100mm and tanks was signed. The withdrawal was carried out over 41 days, and in the “North” sector under the jurisdiction of the people’s police of the LPR, the process was started on October 3 and ended on November 10. Monitoring the process of the withdrawal of weapons was handled by representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCCC) which sends relevant reports to the special monitoring mission of the OSCE.