Russia testing new weapons in eastern Ukraine: National Security and Defense Council

Source : 112 Ukraine

NSDC Secretary warns against escalation of east Ukraine conflict
10:09, 31 May 2016

Press Service of National Security and Defense Council

The Russian Federation systematically tests new weapons in Ukraine’s temporary occupied Donbas, Secretary of National Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, stated at the meeting with the Head of Lithuanian Sejm, Loreta Grauziniene, ‘Unian’ reports.

Turchynov stressed, that Europe must clearly understand, that ‘Russia is an aggressor, not a third party to the conflict’: ‘Their weapons are used to escalate the conflict in east Ukraine, their soldiers kill Ukrainians, they started this war’, - the information agency quotes Turchynov.

According to Turchynov: ‘Russia daily shells Ukrainian military and tests new weapons, neglecting Minsk peace deals’.

The Secretary warned, that dangerous tendencies, which started in May ‘risk to grow into full-fledged military activity’.

‘We are forced to prepare for an adequate response to Russia’s actions. We hope, our strategic partners won’t just stand there and simply observe the situation from outside’, - Turchynov said.

According to Turchynov, the only thing, that can hold back Russia is Ukraine’s powerful army, therefore ‘it’s vital for Ukraine to receive military and technical aid from the West’.

Related: 42 Ukrainian soldiers died in Donbas conflict, 350 were wounded since the start of 2016

Related: Germany will never accept Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea: Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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