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Conflict at administrative border with Crimea: Ukrainian army comments on reported "seizure" of Crimean Tatar battalion’s base

An illegal armed group attempted to assault an army unit in Kherson region on the administrative border with the occupied Crimea, as reported by the press service of operational command South.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

The comment follows an earlier report by Radio Kuresh claiming that the military had attacked the base of the Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion Asker.

"A group of troops, which is part of a military unit of operational command South, performing combat missions in Kherson region on the [administrative] border with [the occupied] Crimea, was engaged in engineering works upon their commander’s order. As they were performing their tasks, fully armed representatives of an illegal armed formation confronted them," reads the statement.

State-owned UATV in Crimean Tatar broadcasts abroad, in occupied CrimeaIt was noted that the representatives of the armed group were detained and disarmed.

At the same time, "the report alleging the attack on the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a public organization Asker is nothing but a fake, and another attempt to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the report says.

Previously, Radio Kuresh reported that in a group of unidentified armed men sporting military uniform in the late hours of Sunday, February 12, had seized the base of the Crimean Tatar volunteer battalion in Chonhar (Kherson region).

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