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Military expert: Full-scale offensive in Donbas is unlikely in near future
11:03, 4 April 2016
Military expert: Full-scale offensive in Donbas is unlikely in near future

The ongoing escalation of conflict in eastern Ukraine is due to fine weather and warm temperature

11:03, 4 April 2016

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According to military expert Oleg Zhdanov, the current level of combat activity among Russia-backed militants is driven by spring warming in Ukraine. He said this in an interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“This is due to spring weather in the region, as roadways get dry after the spring season of bad roads. They bring to the frontline armored vehicles and many kinds of weaponry, including artillery, especially multiple missile launchers. The vicinities of Donetsk region, as is known, remain the toughest spot in the entire combat zone. The enemy keeps landing artillery strikes on our positions. There’s no compliance with Minsk agreements there – neither in the areas controlled by militants, nor during attacks on positions in government-held area. In fact, the conflict tends to grow, and we’ve just got to hope for an adequate response of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, for their efficiency in strengthening our positions”, the expert said.  

According to him, odds are currently there will be no full-scale offensive in the combat area. “Currently, our Armed Forces overpower the enemy, in terms of both manpower and equipment”, Zhdanov said.    

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