Militants in ATO zone using weapon silencers, shooting from 'grey zone' – JCCC
Representatives of the Ukrainian section of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire (JCCC) in Donbas recently held a meeting with commanders of Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) forces and discussed violations of the Minsk agreements by separatist militants and shell attacks on the positions of the Ukrainian military near Donetsk airport, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on its website.
"According to the [Ukrainian military] servicemen, lately the militants staged armed provocations using small arms equipped with silencers. The enemy's sabotage and reconnaissance forces try to approach very close to ATO positions and to fire on Ukrainian military [forces] from the so-called 'grey zone.' There also have been occasions of use by the militants of military equipment to provoke ATO warriors in this region," press officer of the Ukrainian JCCC Volodymyr Skorostetsky said.
He also said that ATO forces stationed near Donetsk airport "strictly abide by the Minsk agreements conditions and the ceasefire and do not open fire in response [to attacks]."
The report states that Ukraine's JCCC chief Borys Kremenetsky met with an OSCE SMM patrol to coordinate JCCC and OSCE cooperation over the implementation of the Minsk agreements.