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Ukrainian soldiers retake control of almost 20 square km in Donbas during JFO

The Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to regain control from 2-5 km in some places, according to the Commander General of the Joint Forces operation
19:39, 17 April 2019

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Ukrainian servicemen have managed to take under control almost 20 km square in Donbas since the beginning of the Joint Forces operation. Commander General of the Joint Forces operation, Serhiy Nayev, stated this during the interview to BBC News Ukraine.

“Totally, we have managed to improve the situation in several places of the Joint Forces operation, from two to five kilometers. The whole territory, which we have managed to return under control of Ukraine, is almost 20 square kilometers,” Nayev said.

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According to the JFO Commander, the Armed Forces of Ukraine retook control including over territories near Horlivka, in particular near Pivdenne (former Leninske) and Shymy settlements.

“In such a way, we are returning the situation in accordance with the Minsk agreements, in other words, the Joint Forces operation soldiers do not cross the line set by the Minsk deal.  We also create an opportunity to restore the infrastructure and safe conditions for the civilians”, Nayev said.

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