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Russian mercenaries prepare for artillery drills, choose targets in Ukraine-controlled areas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian military intelligence claims that the drills have been taking place since the beginning of the week
14:28, 7 August 2020

Russian self-propelled artillery system
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The command of operative group of Russian mercenaries based in Donbas has been conducting combat drills this week. That includes exercises for artillery, snipers and reconnaissance units. Chief Department of Intelligence of Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported this on Friday, August 6.

The exercises have been taking place since the beginning of the week.

Ukrainian intelligence reported that in order to conduct drills, militants chose the targets located in the areas of Donbas that are controlled by Ukraine.

The next round of prisoners exchange in Donbas could take place in the coming weeks. Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of President of Ukraine said so in an interview with Reuters.

"I hope this (exchange, - 112 International) may occur in the near future, - in several weeks, I guess", Yermak said.

Related: Political part of Minsk must be fulfilled to return Donbas, authorities do not want it, - Pohrebynsky

He claimed that Ukraine already passed the OSCE a list of 100 people that are to be exchanged. Russian mercenaries, on their part, offer to pass them almost the same number of people.

According to Yermak, in the recent phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky brought up the issue of release of Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia - specifically, Crimean Tatars.

Related: 100 on 100 prisoner swap could take place in Donbas soon, - Head of Presidential Office

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