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Russian mercenaries equip old, new defensive positions in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian side continues to spot military exercises of the Russian mercenaries for holding of armed provocations and possible escalation of the conflict
15:31, 9 April 2021

Donbas conflict
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The armed formations of Russia and its mercenaries have renewed works on further equipping of old and deploying the new defensive positions near Donetsk Airport and Shyrokyne as the Joint Forces Operation HQ reported.

“On April 8, the occupants once more renewed works on further equipping and equipping of new defensive positions near Donetsk Airport. The same day, the foremost troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spotted holding of engineer activity on equipping of new defensive positions near the demarcation line near Shyrokyne,” the message says.

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The Ukrainian side of the Joint Coordination and Control Center operatively reported the facts of the violations to the OSCE SMM.

Moreover, the Joint Forces Operation HQ stated that the armed formations of Russia at the firing range continue military exercises and training of mercenaries for holding of armed provocations and possible escalation of the conflict.

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As we reported, Deputy Head of the President's Office Ihor Zhovkva stated that Ukraine should expect new military escalation.

Currently, the escalation is observed in Donbas. During the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces reported 11 attacks in the combat area. In nine cases, the shooting occurred near Ukrainian positions; in the other two, the occupants shelled civilian infrastructure.

 

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