15:17 28.07.2014

Ukrainian army not conducting hostilities in air crash site - NSDC

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Ukrainian army not conducting hostilities in air crash site - NSDC

The Ukrainian military do not carry out strikes against populated areas, nor conduct any hostilities at the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in the east of the Donetsk region, according to the National Security and Defense Council.

"The aircraft crash zone has 40 kilometers in diameter and 20 kilometers in radius. Our military have already approached the borders of this zone but if explosions are heard in this zone, this is definitely not the work of the Ukrainian military," spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Information Analytical Center Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

A moratorium on hostilities has been announced in the air crash zone, he recalled. "The Ukrainian military are complying 100%. Terrorists, being aware of it, are staging provocative explosions there and shell this territory. We hereby officially declare that the Ukrainian military do not conduct hostilities in this territory," the NSDC official said.

Lysenko also said that "the Ukrainian military are carrying out neither artillery, nor air strikes against the populated areas."

"We only have infantry and special-forces units operating there (...). The case of residential buildings, houses being shelled - this happens only on the part of terrorists," he said.

The NSDC has photo and video footage that proves it is militants who have been firing at residential buildings, Lysenko said.

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