The responsibility for current horrible escalation in the industrial zone of Avdiivka, shelling of civilian areas and casualties among local population, injuring journalists and deaths of Ukrainian soldiers is completely upon Russia and its supported militants. This was reported by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, according to the press-service of the head of state.
“I stress the thesis that Russia does not control them is absolutely false, as every unit has career Russian officers who execute the orders of the Russian Federation,” Poroshenko said and emphasized that the assault on Ukrainian forces was organized by the Russian military and gunmen supported by them.
“Ukrainian side did everything possible for repelling these attacks, initiated in late January. And Ukraine stresses the necessity of ceasefire all the time. Tonight, residential areas and humanitarian stations in Avdiivka were shelled with multiple rocket launcher system, there are deaths among civilians,” president said.
According to Poroshenko, pro-Russian militants are deliberately impeding the work of maintenance crews which were organized by Ukrainian side.
“One can only imagine these days for the residents of Avdiivka: no light, restricted heating and water supply. Russia tried to turn their lives into hell. However, I, the Ukrainian Government, services, glorious Ukrainian military have made everything possible together not to let Russia destabilize the situation in Avdiivka and all over the frontline,” the Head of State said.