Oleksandr Turchynov from the combat zone: The last week has hit a sad record in the number of shellings of our positions
Due to the aggravating situation in the East of Ukraine during the last
week, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
Oleksandr Turchynov arrived at Ukrainian positions in the Joint Forces
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine held a meeting with military commandment
and heads of security forces on the effectiveness of countering Russian
aggression in the transition from the antiterrorist operation to the Joint
According to Mr. Turchynov, the largest amount of shellings in
half-a-year period has been conducted during the last week; not only positions
of the Armed Forces of Ukraine but also populated areas have been massively
"Artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems, prohibited by the
Minsk agreements, are used", - he said adding that the Ukrainian territory was
shelled at a depth of up to 30 kilometers, which resulted in the destruction of
civilian infrastructure and casualties not only among the military but also
Moreover, Mr. Turchynov reported that Ukrainian intelligence observed an
active concentration of Russian troops in the immediate vicinity to the
Ukrainian-Russian border, which testifies to "the preparation of Russian
military-political leadership for large-scale provocations and offensive
actions that can be unleashed at any time".
Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine visited positions of the 24th separate
mechanized brigade named after King Danylo Halytskyi in the Gorlovka area,
where the highest density of shellings and military provocations by the
Russian-terrorist forces has recently been recorded.
When being at the epicenter of hostilities near Zaitseve village and
Pivdenne village, which was taken under the control of the Ukrainian military,
Mr. Turchynov emphasized that despite constant provocations by the
Russian-occupational troops "our fighters not only held the line but also have
significantly improved their positions in order to minimize losses among the
personnel and civilians".
"After the launch of the Joint Forces Operation, the coordination
between the military and the National Guard, the National Police, the SSU and
the border guards has improved significantly, which means that effectiveness
and efficiency of the use of force potential to protect our country from
Russia's aggression in the East have been raised as well", - Mr. Turchynov noted.
military is ready to firmly respond to any provocations by the
Russian-occupying troops", - Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine summarized.