The Ukrainian military is prepared to give an adequate response by all available capabilities and means in the case of opening fire by pro-Russian militants in the Donbas. The Joint Forces Operation (JFO) commander Volodymyr Kravchenko stated this.

According to him, he together with the head of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC Oleksandr Borshchevsky checked the facts set out in the statement of the so-called “DPR” leader Denis Pushylin.

“I, the Allied Forces Commander, together with the head of Ukrainian side of the JCCC, checked the facts… regarding the engineering structures developing by the Ukrainian side in the area of ​​Sumy settlement of Donetsk region … The investigation results confirmed that this accusal is not true. It is a provocative one and has a political element aimed at disrupting the agreements reached on 22 July 2020 by the Tripartite Contact Group on additional measures of the full and comprehensive ceasefire regime maintenance,” the statement, made public by JFO press-centre, declares.

Kravchenko also stressed that neither the Ukrainian side nor fighters had violated the agreements since the ceasefire announcement.

The Ukrainian delegation head to the Tripartite Contact Group Kravchuk said that the fighting in Donbas had stopped since 27 July due to the talks. However, Pushylin wants to aggravate the situation with his statement.

“This is clear to everyone, in particular to the millions of Ukrainians who remain under occupation. They see who wants to restart hostilities,” first Ukraine’s president added.

To recap, the leader of the pro-Russian fighters from so-called “DNR” Denis Pushylin ordered the opening of artillery fire on the Ukrainian fortifications near Horlivka in the morning of 7 September. He explained his decision by the fact that the Ukrainian side allegedly violated one of the clauses of the ceasefire agreement and organised the engineering structures.

Bohdan Marusyak

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