Lysenko: Militants planning to redeploy withdrawn Grad systems to Horlivka
Fighters of the Donetsk People’s Republic militant organization are planning to redeploy earlier withdrawn Grad multiple rocket launchers to Horlivka, National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"According to intelligence reports, despite the Minsk agreements, the management of the DPR terrorist organization is going to redeploy the Grad multiple rocket launchers from Torez to Horlivka," Lysenko said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 12, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande held talks in Minsk to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.
Following the talks, the parties approved a package of measures aimed at the implementation of the Minsk agreements of September. In addition, the leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and the Russian Federation adopted a declaration in support of these measures.
In addition to other provisions of the new agreements reached by the "Normandy Four" leaders on Thursday, February 12, the parties agreed on a ceasefire to be effective from 0001, February 15, as well as the withdrawal of all heavy weapons. The agreements also provide for the release and exchange of all prisoners.
Despite the fact that a ceasefire was supposed to come into force, the militants have continued to attack the positions of the Ukrainian armed forces throughout the territory of the Donbas, Ukraine’s military says.
On March 18, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine had fulfilled all its obligations under the Minsk agreements with regard to the withdrawal of heavy weapons.
The militants previously said that they had completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demarcation line.
However, photo and video evidence regularly appears on the Internet showing heavy weapons in militant-occupied areas close to the front, and the Ukrainian authorities regularly report the use of heavy weapons by the militant side against Ukrainian positions.
The OSCE, which is charged with overseeing the implementation of the Minsk accords in eastern Ukraine, also regularly reports the use by both parties of supposedly withdrawn weapons near the front line between the two sides.