Intelligence chief says Ukrainian military may open fire at enemy without order

15:40, 18 June 2019
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"It's funny to hear when someone complains that' (former Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr) Turchynov did not give the order to shoot.' The country's leadership issued all necessary orders, of which I am a witness. But, first of all, I am deeply convinced that a Ukrainian soldier should not wait for any orders if he sees that the enemy is attacking our country and our citizens. Our Homeland trusts us in the issues of defense, and we are obliged to act independently, according to the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine and Constitution," he said in an interview with Censor.NET, commenting on the events in Donbas in 2014.

According to Bukharev, "the country's leadership expects professional actions from the military."

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"And the responsibility rests upon us. And in 2014, we did a lot of things that we shouldn't be talking about, but that are necessary in critical conditions, because Ukraine doesn't have a legislative base to effectively combat saboteurs and terrorists," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma believes the Ukrainian troops during the ceasefire in Donbas should not respond to "provocative shelling" incoming from civilian areas.

In his opinion, the condition "not to shoot" should relate exclusively to "provocative attacks."

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