“There’s a document and respective decision to cease the so-called exercises in the 15-km zone along the division line in eastern Ukraine. The reason is clear, I guess, because normally the aggressor uses these drills as a cover to shoot at our positions. Let’s see how Russians will comply with this agreement. Unfortunately, all the deals that we previously made – the one on the ceasefire, and the one on clearing mines across the combat area – were obnoxiously and cynically neglected by Russian occupation forces”, said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.
He also said that the agreement on marking mine fields aims to cut down the number of civilian casualties in the combat area. “It is necessary, because, sadly, apart from the casualties among the military, there are many civilian victims, caused by landmine explosions. On our side, all mine fields were marked timely, clearly and properly; on the other side, they planted mines chaotically and didn’t mark their mine fields”, Turchynov said.
Earlier this week, at the negotiations in the Belarusian capital, members of the Minsk Contact Group signed two documents, one of them banning any military drills near the division line in Donbas, and another one concerning mine-clearing works in 12 areas along the division line.