Ukraine fails to withdraw heavy weapons

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Feburary 20th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –RusVesna – Translated By James Harmon

Ukraine has once again failed to adhere to the agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line.

The Trilateral contact group met in Minsk on Wednesday, February 15th, and among an agreement to observe a ceasefire, the removal of heavy weapons was also agreed upon.

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Despite the positive note of the meeting in Minsk, the coming days revealed that Ukraine did not adhere to the specified agreements, and thus took no action for the withdrawal of heavy weapons in places of deployment. The DNR and LNR reported continued shelling of settlements within their territories.On the morning of Monday, Feburary 20th, Leonid Matyuhin, the speaker of the press-center headquarters “ATO”, spoke on a Ukrainian television broadcast stating that Kiev does not see any prequisites for the removal of heavy weapons from the front line.

“Despite the agreement on the withdrawal by 20th of February of heavy weapons from the front line, there were 5 military attacks from midnight”, says Mathuhin, stating that 62 bombardments killed a soldier of the UAF.

It is important to note that the armed forces of the DNR and LNR have both stated emphatically that any measures taken were defensive in nature against the UAF.

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