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    The Ukrainian military is not using ballistic missiles against the cities of eastern Ukraine, only a ground operations are being carried out, the speaker of the National Security and Defense Council said Sunday.

    KIEV, August 17 (RIA Novosti) - The Ukrainian military is not using ballistic missiles against the cities of eastern Ukraine, only a ground operations are being carried out, the speaker of the National Security and Defense Council said Sunday.

    "Ukrainian military does not shell the cities, only a ground operation is being carried out," Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing on Sunday, commenting on the previous reports by the Rossiya-24 television about Kiev-led forces using ballistic missiles.

    Rossiya-24 said, citing a source in the militia forces, that Luhansk had been attacked with Tochka-U ballistic missile systems.

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a certain number of Tochka-U launchers, auxiliary equipment and missiles remained in several former Soviet republics, about a hundred of them in Ukraine.

    Moscow has repeatedly voiced its concern over reports of Ukraine’s government troops using ballistic missiles against independence supporters in the country’s east.

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