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Kremlin Says Ukrainian Independent Battalions Involved in Avdiivka Attack

© AFP 2021 / GENYA SAVILOV Recruits of the Ukrainian Azov regiment line-up after their final tests at a base in Kiev
Recruits of the Ukrainian Azov regiment line-up after their final tests at a base in Kiev - Sputnik International
Moscow has reliable data that the Ukrainian independent armed groups, supported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces' artillery, were behind the attack on the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka in the eastern Donetsk region, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian town of Avdiivka located on the demarcation line in the Donetsk region has been under attack since Sunday. Water and power supplies were reportedly cut off in the town on Monday.

"There is reliable data, which proves that yesterday, there was an attempt from the independent groups to attack the territory under control of Donbass republics. It is evident that, unfortunately, we cannot talk about Kiev's ability to control all these groups, it is unlikely that there is a necessary level of control. But, nevertheless, the aggressive actions of these independent armed groups were conducted with the support of the Ukrainian Armed Forces' artillery," Peskov told journalists.

On January 19, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) informed of the aggravation of situation in Donbass. According to the ministry, the Ukrainian military fired 900 shells toward the DPR territory on Sunday. The shelling continued on Monday and Tuesday.

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