The Ukrainian military have deployed multiple Grad rocket launchers in the backyards of residential houses on the Donbass contact line, the deputy head of the People’s Militia’s leadership of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk, Mikhail Filiponenko, said on Thursday.
“In the area of Malinovoe settlement, in privately owned territories, three Grad rocket launchers were detected,” said Filiponenko.
According to him, all the equipment was meticulously camouflaged and the access of locals to the zone was blocked.
In 2014, Ukrainian authorities began a military operation against the self-proclaimed Popular Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which declared independence after the coup d’etat that occurred in Ukraine in 2014.
In February 2015, the parties to the conflict signed Minsk peace agreements to end the fighting in the region, but the situation remained tense, with both parties exchanging allegations that they were violating the ceasefire. According to the latest UN estimates, military actions in Donbass resulted in the deaths of more than 10,000 people.
Meanwhile in the Crimea, the construction of the new Belbek military airfield runway was completed, the Defense Ministry’s Information and Communications Department reported.
“Today, the first An-148 military transport aircraft capable of operating in any weather condition landed at the Belbek military airfield in the Crimea,” the statement said.
Builders of the military complex have completed a new 3,450-meter landing strip that will accommodate all types of military or civil aircraft, including heavy-duty airplanes.
The ministry notes that the work was delivered one month before the deadline.
Five taxiways and seven parking spaces were built for the Il-96 and A319 aircraft at the air base located 400 meters off the Black Sea coast.
This airstrip should deter Ukraine’s grandeur imagination of conquering the Crimea from Russia after civilians of the peninsula overwhelmingly voted to rejoin with Russia after a referendum took place under international law standards.