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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

    Looks like the war in Donbass will continue for a while, as the Ukrainian Armed Forces keep increasing their military arsenal and moving it closer and closer to the line of fire in Donbass, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

    The Ukrainian Armed Forces have significantly increased their military capabilities since the start of 2015, said Viktoria Kushnir, the press secretary for the Ministry of Defense, according to Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN).

    In addition, the Ukrainian Army keeps receiving new military hardware, ammunition and equipment, Kushnir said.

    "Since the beginning of 2015, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense has signed 71 military contracts and additional agreements to supply arms and military hardware for the Ukrainian Army… the Armed Forces of Ukraine received 1,207 units of military hardware and over 266,000 missiles," the secretary of the Defense Ministry said, as cited by UNIAN.

    Ukraine will likely to start the seventh wave of mobilization, said Stepan Poltorak, the country’s Defense Minister, according to Ukrainian weekly Korrespondent.
    Kiev is also working hard to repair its broken military hardware and bring it to the conflict zone in the eastern part of the country. Ten T-64 tanks, three Grad rocket launchers, one 2A36 Giatsint-B towed 152-mm field gun, nine Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers, three Akatsiya 152.4-mm self-propelled artillery units, one 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun, six 100-mm Rapira anti-tank guns, seven ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannons, one Strela-10 short-range surface-to-air missile system, 64 units of Metis-M anti-tank missile systems and 28 armored vehicles were all delivered close to the contact line in Donbass, Kushnir reported.

    All of this is happening amidst the ongoing war in Donbass. Since last month, the fighting in eastern Ukraine resumed with vengeance, both Kiev and pro-independence supporters blaming each other for violation of the Minsk peace agreements.

    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)


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