The Russian occupation troops in 2016, more than 16 thousand times violated the silence regime — Poltorak

The Russian occupation troops in the past year more than 16 thousand times violated the silence regime.

The Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said in an interview with «5 channel».

ATO forces during the counter-attack on Svetlodarsk the arc occupied an important height, which makes it possible to reduce the number of attacks – Poltorak

«They (the Russian military and the militants) have grossly violated the Minsk agreement, only this year more than 16 thousand times violated the silence regime», — he said.

«Unfortunately, during the conduct of hostilities and attacks just this year we received 1.5 thousand personnel of the wounded and 211 people were killed,» — said Poltorak.

He also said that in the occupied Donbas formed a 40-strong Russian forces, of which 5 thousand regular troops of the Russian Federation.

«In fact, this year in the area of ATO the situation was always quite tense and heavy. This was due to the fact that the Russian group was formed in the area of ATO, today, there are about 40 thousand, 5 thousand is regular Russian troops», — he said.

According to Poltorak, Russia concentrated on the temporarily occupied Donbass about 600 tanks, 1.3 million combat vehicles, artillery systems 860 and 300 multiple rocket launchers.

«They (Russia) have focused there’s a huge pile of weapons and equipment, about 600 tanks, 1.3 million combat vehicles, artillery systems 860, 300 systems of volley fire», — he said.
«Of course, with this military buildup, especially those who do not wish to perform the Minsk agreement, who are very aggressive towards Ukraine, saying the calm was very difficult,» — said Poltorak.

ATO forces during the counter-attack on Svetlodarsk the arc occupied an important height, which makes it possible to reduce the number of attacks – Poltorak

ATO forces during a counterattack in the area of Svetlodarsk arc occupied an important height, which makes it possible to reduce the number of attacks in this area, the risks of bypass units and capture enemy objects in a «grey zone». This was stated by the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.

«A very difficult situation for this year is Svetlodarsk arc. Here I would like to say that the military APU professionally fulfilled the tasks that were set before them,» he said.

«Unfortunately, that group of troops, which is in Donetsk and Lugansk – it is not in place, it is a «living organism», he moves, especially using the so-called «grey zone» and trying to do so that the height of the very important objects to take,» — said Poltorak.

The Minister noted that the Armed forces of Ukraine is able to respond to enemy action.

«Svetlodarsk arc is one of the examples where we were forced to react to the movement of terrorist groups forward on their critical heights, and assault those actions that began with the terrorist groups, got a decent answer and is almost on the shoulders of the upcoming groups we have taken are the height and important positions, strong points, which give us the opportunity to significantly reduce the number of attacks in that direction, and to reduce the risk of bypass of our units, and the seizure of objects in the «gray area», he added.

Poltorak also stressed that the Armed forces of Ukraine violated the Minsk agreements, taking control of new positions in the area of Svetlodarsk arc, since, according to the treaties, the territory belongs to Ukraine.

«As for our international partners, such charges (in violation of the Minsk agreements) no, because they can not be essentially because we do not violate the Minsk agreement. In General, according to the Minsk agreement, the area (a new position in the area of Svetlodarsk arc) belongs to Ukraine. We all do travel in its territory», — he said.

We will remind, on December 24, 2016, occupiers disrupted the regular arrangement about the mode of silence in the Donbass.

Before this several days of fierce fighting on the arc Svetlodarsk. Also, on December 23, ATO forces entered Novoluganskoe and established a checkpoint.

Dec 28, ATO forces repelled the attack of militants near the Cool Beam.

On 30 December the Ukrainian military repelled two attacks under Popasnaya.

January 1, 2017, the first day of the new year, the militants are 38 times fired at positions of forces of anti-terrorist operation, from them 26 times – in the direction of Mariupol.




The Russian occupation troops in 2016, more than 16 thousand times violated the silence regime — Poltorak 04.01.2017

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