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    An exhibition missile launch from the Tochka-U tactical complex. (File)

    Russia Claims It Can Prove Kiev Using Tactical Missiles Against Civilian Targets

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    According to the Russian Investigative Committee, Ukrainian forces are deploying Tochka-U (SS-21 Scarab) tactical missiles against the civilian population in eastern Ukraine.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Russian Investigative Committee said Monday it has received evidence of Ukrainian forces deploying Tochka-U (SS-21 Scarab) tactical missiles against the civilian population in eastern Ukraine.

    Russia's envoy to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich noted on Friday the redeployment of heavy weaponry, tanks and Tochka-U systems by Kiev amid the latest escalation.

    "Irrefutable evidence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine applying weapons of mass destruction — Tochka-U tactical missile systems — against civilians in armed conflict has been obtained and documented," committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said.

    The Donbass conflict erupted in April 2014 as a local counter-reaction to the West-sponsored Maidan coup in Kiev that had toppled legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kiev has since been conducting a military operation, encountering stiff local resistance.

    In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. Despite the agreement, the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.

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    • avatar
      As long as nobody kills those bastards in Kiew
      they will provoke and kill people in the Eastern Ukraine again and again.
      Only when you go after them in Kiew something will change!
    • avatar
      War Criminal Poroshenko keeps killing his own people with US, England and EU cheering next by side
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      maybe it's time that a few scarabs were launched at the rada and presidential offices (when they are occupied).
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      DPR and LPR have every right to ask Russia to intervene or arm them with defensive weapons to stop these attacks that land is former Russian territory that is still in dispute as confirmed by Ban Moon in the UN.

      Russia must act now this situation is out of control Kiev must be taken down and the people released from this horror show once and for all go for it Putin you have our blessing.
    • itchyvet .in reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, No doubt, Mr Putin will be pleased to hear that he has YOUR blessing on this issue. But seriously, you honestly believe he can just intervene in these atrocious civilian attacks without the West ganging up on Russia again ??? More to the point, why should he ? The WEST created this situation deliberately, and the people of the Ukraine ALLOWED it to happen. If they wish things to change, the PEOPLE of Ukraine, THEMSELVES, need to get off their lazy collective back sides and FIGHT for what they consider is their right. Anyone, expecting others to fight for them, does not deserve the outcome.
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      Mishka Kyiv
      Where is eastern Ukraine? Some posters here need to read a map.
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      Mishka... go back to Soviet Union time and look for Russian borders that encompass Eastern part of Ukraine those borders are still in dispute and a big part of the reason the west acted out of vengeance to steal Russian land.

      There are 26 provinces in so called Ukraine most of western part belonged to Hungary and Poland until the USSR conquered those lands to stop the countless wars by European invaders into the USSR.

      The eastern part belonged to Russia but was absorbed into the Soviet Union and of course was then claimed by proxy after 1991 voluntary insolvency of the Soviet Union.

      Ban Moon also made a declaration in the UN that the eastern borders were in dispute and were not ratified thus making the case outside of UN jurisdiction.
      Russia is not jumping all over it as to ratify borders would give Ukraine right to join NATO.
      if it withdrew from Eastern Provinces but US wont allow them to do so as Obama's evil plan was to have missiles and Aegis radar right on Russia's border.
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      Mishka there is a excellent map on Google maps showing all 26 regions the last 7 regions on the Eastern side all belong to Russia.
      Besides Ukraine is stony broke if it gave back the western regions to Poland and Hungary and the Eastern regions back to Russia it would then be able to sustain the central regions as a manageable size with trading neighbours close at hand to prosper that's the only way it will work for Ukraine.
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