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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine04.08.2015, 12:06

Oleksandr Turchynov: Russia deliberately «torpedoes» all peace agreements

Recently, there is a systemic trend for increase of quantity of provocations by the armed forces, which are situated on the occupied by Russia territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Such is stated in a comment of NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.

According to him, over the past day Russian-terrorist groupings have shelled Ukrainian position 109 times, three military of Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed and seven wounded. The fire is delivered with heavy-caliber artillery systems and mortars, mainly located in residential quarters of occupied cities" - NSDC Secretary said, adding that Russia again uses the well tried and tested in the Crimea and Donbas "tactics of using civilians as human shields to cover up their military crimes".

Oleksandr Turchynov stressed that all this is happening while "politicians in leading democratic states are enjoying their vacation time and, therefore, an active response to the provocations of Russia, in particular by enhancing the sanctions, is not possible". Continuation of such openly provocative behavior of Russia completely negates all the attempts of peace-making process and, de facto, indicates that Moscow is "torpedoing" the Minsk agreements. "Day-to-day military provocations and crimes in the east of our country show that public polemics of the Russian Federation on withdrawal of tanks and armament of caliber less than 100 mm is just an attempt of the enemy to create favorable conditions for the offensive of the Russian-terrorist groupings" - NSDC Secretary emphasized.

"The command of Ukrainian Armed Forces, - Oleksandr Turchynov said, - is analyzing possible directions of the enemy offensive and working out the appropriate countermeasures."