Ukrainian JCCC warns of possible provocations in Donbas before Minsk talks

12:39, 01 August 2017
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The Ukrainian members of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) have warned of possible provocations by Russian proxies in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine before the next round of the Minsk peace talks, according to a JCCC statement released by the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters.

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"The JCCC's Ukrainian members note that pending the next meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group for the peaceful settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine, the OPDLO media have already released a traditional set of falsifications, which their representatives intend to announce in Minsk on August 2," the report says.

Read alsoUkraine reports 5 WIA's amid 18 enemy attacks in last dayIn particular, the Russian-backed militants claim that the Ukrainian military are allegedly planning to shell some of Ukrainian-controlled settlements before August 2 in order to accuse the other side of this. In addition, the militants disseminate untrue information about an alleged increase in the number of attacks by the ATO forces on the occupied areas.

"After such 'announcements,' as seen from previous similar statements, the illegal armed groups of the ORDLO quite often started to shell the towns of Avdiyivka, Maryinka and Krasnohorivka, and the media under their control expressed 'indignation' at the Ukrainian army's actions. This time, the situation is likely to follow the same scenario," the JCCC said.

What is more, the illegal armed groups of the ORDLO regularly prevent members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine from fulfilling their tasks of monitoring compliance with the ceasefire, the JCCC added.

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