Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, says that Russia’s withdrawing its military officers from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination may lead to an intensification of the military activity in Donbas, as he told press today at the exhibition commemorating Amina Okueva.
“We don’t rule out that they might be withdrawing their officers in order to intensify not just the military provocations, but the military action. But the Armed Forces of Ukraine are ready for an intrusion or any other provocations. We will strengthen our positions on the frontline. I hope that the Normandy format (meeting, - 112.int) that’s going to happen, will assess Russia’s attempt not only to follow the path of escalation but fully obliterate any options related to a political and diplomatic approach to stop the aggression of Russia on the East and in Crimea,” he said.
As we reported earlier, all 74 Russian military officers, who were a part of the JCCC, have left the territory of Ukraine.
This decision was made in connection with the new order of entry to Ukraine and the introduction of a duty to inform of the intention to visit the country in advance in electronic form for Russian citizens scheduled for January 1, 2018.
The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination is the group that supervises that the sides of the conflict abide by the Minsk protocol. It used to consist of representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and the militants. The centre started working on Sep. 26, 2014 in Soledar, Donetsk region.