January 1, 2018 – Fort Russ News –
– Novorosinform, translated by Tom Winter –
“to within hand grenade range from the positions of our troops”
Lugansk. Ukrainian troops have received orders to get as close as possible to the positions of the LPR.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces received orders to partially occupy the “gray zone” and come as close as possible to the positions of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Mikhail Filiponenko told reporters. Filiponenko is head of the department of the defense department of the republic.
“The AFU units located in the ATO zone received instructions during the “New Year armistice” to carry out the concealed movement and equipment of their advanced positions in the so-called “gray zone” to within range of a hand grenade throw from the positions of our troops,” Filiponenko said.
He added that the People’s Militia noted the strengthening of the advanced positions of the Ukraine Armed Forces in personnel and military equipment in the area of the Novotoshkovskoye settlement, which is under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces.
“Materiel is being transported to the positions of the 80th separate assault brigade of the Armed Forces in the region of Artem,” he said.
“According to the information available, machinery for pontoon bridges of Polish manufacture have been delivered to Luganskaya Staniska,” a defense official said.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian armed forces continue to violate the conditions for the deployment of heavy weapons along the contact line stipulated by the Minsk agreements, and are building up the military-technical potential of their units at the front line.