16:03 25.02.2015

Militants re-deploy tanks to Novoazovsk - Ukrainian military

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Militants re-deploy tanks to Novoazovsk - Ukrainian military

The Ukrainian military has recorded re-deployment of militants' military hardware to Novoazovsk (not far from Mariupol), anti-territory operation (ATO) spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

"The adversary is regrouping and restoring the fighting capabilities of its forces, stocking up on ammunition and equipment. Despite claims by the gang leaders of the so-called DPR and LPR [the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics] about them having started to remove military hardware from the dividing line in accordance with the Minsk agreements, for the past two days we have been registering movement of Grad rockets, armored carriers, off-roaders, and a significant amount of vehicles carrying ammunition and personnel across the Izvarino checkpoint from Russia," Lysenko said.

"We have registered movement of a large number of tanks, Grad rockets and other military hardware towards the city of Novoazovsk," he said.

"Besides, the paramilitary groups are moving damaged military hardware to Russia to restore its fighting capability," the spokesman said. .

Ukraine has recorded 17 shellings of Ukrainian positions over the past 24 hours, he said. The situation was most difficult in Shyrokyne where the enemy fired mortars and grenades five times. On Wednesday morning Shyrokyne was attacked by tanks, self-propelled artillery weapons and tube artillery. "The attacks have been repelled, without any losses," Lysenko said.

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