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Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

21:17:32

05/02/2017

Interfax.ru

The Ministry of Defence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic declared that the Ukrainian side refuse to withdraw heavy weapons from the contact line in Donbass.

“The military-political command of Ukraine refuses to carry out the requirement of Minsk on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, and, on the contrary, is engaged in carrying out the building-up of group of troops. Activization of the enemy is confirmed also by our intelligence,” said the deputy commander of the DPR Eduard Basurin at a briefing on Sunday.

According to him, the DPR records a concentration of forces and means of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the contact line for the creation of a shock group.

“On the territory of the Avdeevka coke-chemical plant two missile Tochka-U tactical systems arrived from Kramatorsk, and in Novobakhmutke, at the railway station, six more “Tochka-U” systems were unloaded, and were deployed for the fulfillment of tasks. In the region of the location of the 72nd brigade two units of nationalists led by the ex-commander of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh arrived,” declared E. Basurin, providing intelligence data.

As was reported, at the last meeting of the contact group on February 1st in Minsk, the withdrawal of heavy weapons by both parties before February 5th was coordinated.

Basurin also declared that troops of the DPR are ready to give the enemy a worthy repulse.

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