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Ukrainian army denies involvement in Chongar incident
13:12, 13 February 2017
Ukrainian army denies involvement in Chongar incident

Military unit in Chongar says they disarmed and detained an illegal armed group on the administrative border with Crimea

13:12, 13 February 2017

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The South Operative Command of Ukraine’s Armed Forces denies the information about the attack on Crimean Tatar battalion in Chongar, Kherson region.

‘The unit that operates within the South Operative Command and completes combat tasks in Kherson region on the border with Crimea was building positions on the commander’s orders. During the construction works, a group of heavily armed fighters of an illegal armed unit arrived at the site. They were detained, which meets the requirements of the military manual and other legal acts concerning such situations,’ the military authority said. 

The message about the alleged attack on Crimean Tatar NGO ‘Asker’ is nothing but fake news; an attempt to cast a shadow on the Armed Forces and to sow the mistrust and discontent within the Ukrainian society.      

A group of armed men in uniforms invaded and captured the base camp of Crimean Tatar battalion in Chongar, Kherson region, southern Ukraine – not far from the administrative border with the Russian-annexed Crimea. Radio Kures reported that in late hours of February 12. An APC ran over the fence and the tent with people inside, then the gunmen took over the camp and ordered everyone to lie on the ground, firing warning shots; no victims were reported.

Related: Chongar incident: Attackers are servicemen of Ukrainian army, - Crimean Tatar leader

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