The Armed Forces of Ukraine continueS to increase presence in Donbass, concentrating near the line of contact with infantry combat vehicles and heavy mortars, declared the Russian envoy to the negotiations in Minsk, Boris Gryzlov.
“At the meeting of today’s contact group, measures to control compliance with the cease-fire were again discussed. In a series of passages from the contact line, the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to focus their forces and means,” Gryzlov told reporters on Tuesday after the ordinary meeting of the contact group to resolve the situation in Donbass in Minsk.
According to him, the Ukrainian military continues to register accurate shots not only with small arms but also with 82 and 120mm caliber mortars and with infantry combat vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military is preparing a provocation by using chemical substances to prevent the elections in the People’s Republic of Donetsk, the head of the Donetsk operational command, Daniil Beznosov, said on Monday.
“We are calling on the international community to prevent such crimes,” Beznosov added.
Earlier, he reported that NATO advisers and representatives of private military companies had arrived in the Donbass region to prepare terrorist attacks and provocations to prevent the elections.
The elections of the leaders and deputies in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics are scheduled for 11 November. Kiev authorities said they would not recognize the results of the elections. More than 30 representatives from 14 countries, including European Union countries, are expected to travel to the region as observers.
According to him, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that are in the region of Donbass “are being urgently reequipped with means of biological weapons and biological defense”.
In 2014, the Ukrainian authorities began a military operation against the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which declared their independence after the right-wing coup that took place in Ukraine in 2014. According to the latest UN estimates, military actions in Donbass resulted in death of more than 10,000 people.
In February 2015, the parties to the conflict signed the Minsk peace agreements to end the fighting in the region, but the situation remains tense, with both parties accusing each other of breaches of the ceasefire.