01:14 GMT +322 July 2019
Listen Live
    Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on June 8, 2015 in Novotoshkivske village, Donetsk region

    Kiev Forces Build Fortifications on Frontline in Lugansk – Militia

    © AFP 2019 / SERGEY POLEZHAKA
    Europe
    Get short URL
    7632

    LPR militia reported that Ukraine's forces are building fortifications in the region after the recent announcement of ceasefire.

    LUGANSK (Sputnik) – Ukraine’s armed forces are building fortifications on the frontline near the village of Novotoshkivske in Eastern Ukrainian Lugansk region, a people’s militia representative told reporters.

    “Construction machinery has recently been seen close to the 29th checkpoint of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Novotoshkivske, they [Kiev forces] are strengthening their dugouts, building multistory underground structures and caponiers,” Mikhail Pisarev, deputy brigade commander of the Lugansk militia, told reporters Saturday.

    According to Pisarev, since the announcement of ceasefire on Tuesday, the shelling of militia’s positions by Kiev forces began to occur less frequently, but provocations still happen periodically.

    In 2014, Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation to suppress independence militia in Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Over 6,800 people have been killed in the conflict, according to the latest UN data.

    Despite the Minsk deal stipulating a ceasefire, signed in February, both Kiev and the militias continue to accuse each other of violating the truce.

    Related:

    US Company to Build Humvees for Ukraine Within $372Mln Contract - Pentagon
    Protesters in Ukraine's Kharkiv Block Access to Russian Consulate Building
    Russia Cannot Build New Ships Until Ukrainian Engines Substituted
    Estonia to Build Up Defense Partnership With Ukraine
    Tags:
    provocation, ceasefire, defense, Lugansk Region, Ukraine
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik