MOSCOW, 15 March – RIA Novosti. The units of the Ukrainian security forces in Donbass were brought to full combat readiness, writes “Strana.ua” with reference to sources.
“The truce ended in fact at the end of January. Nobody will tell who started the first. Arrivals from that side every night. From our side, the same actions,” – said the source of the publication.
According to him, the military returned to the positions of 2018, that is, before the withdrawal of troops, and the distance between them is only 400-700 meters.
“There are two inspections from headquarters in the trenches every day. Moreover, they do not check compliance with the terms of the armistice, as before. But the ammunition supply, the readiness and serviceability of equipment and weapons,” the source added.
He noted that they do not really want to let the servicemen go on leave. This, according to the interlocutor of “Strana.ua”, speaks of preparations for an offensive or the threat of an attack.
A source in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, for its part, told the publication that the General Staff had developed several options for returning the uncontrolled territories.
“There are several options for the development of events, respectively, several basic plans are ready for them. Now there is a serious advantage on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. That is, now there are all the conditions to return to Ukraine a significant part of the uncontrolled territories,” he said.
The conflict in Donbass has been going on for seven years, about 13 thousand people have become victims. The settlement is being discussed at the meetings of the contact group in Minsk, but after the armistice agreements, shootings continue.
Since February, the situation began to deteriorate: there was an attempt on the life of the battalion commander of the People's Militia of the DPR, Ukrainian security forces fired mortars at Gorlovka and the outskirts of Donetsk, and the fighting intensified. In the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, they believe that a large-scale offensive is being prepared in Kiev, pulling new forces to the line of contact. In recent days, videos from different Ukrainian regions have been published on social networks, showing trains with military equipment.