Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Red line for the artillery: how disarmed Donbass

Red line for the artillery: how disarmed Donbass


February 24, 2015

Self-Defense Forces and LC DNR February 24, in full compliance with the Minsk Agreement began a large-scale withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of contact with the Ukrainian troops. This event could be the first step toward long-awaited peace in the south-eastern Ukraine. In fact, this process began a week ago, but then the removal of the arms was more a gesture of goodwill on the part of New Russia.



Militia otvdoili technique in four main areas: on Debaltseve, Gorlovka, Donetsk and Telmanovo. Batteries left their positions in full, together with additional equipment. For example, from Debaltsevo, where recent weeks were the most intense fighting, the militia withdrew all rocket launchers.



Red line for tube artillery and tanks DNR lies 50 kilometers from the line of contact with the Ukrainian troops. This border is registered in Minsk last arrangements. As for the rocket artillery, then install "Grad" militia relocate 70 km. After the introduction of the ceasefire of this technique have not given a single salvo.



Meanwhile Kiev tightens decide on the timing of their withdrawal of heavy weapons from the war zone. Minsk memorandum obliges Ukrainian command to withdraw most lethal weapons in accordance with a range of lesions: salvo installation "Tochka-U" - 120 km, and even more threatening "Smerch" systems - 140 km. But while many of Artemovska buses and soldiers in camouflage shells instead take out the guitar. Kiev military leaders justified the delay necessary to wait another two days, ostensibly to complete ceasefire.



The success of the Ukrainian operations removal questioned the actions of numerous volunteer battalions. They are not subject to Kiev and continue to flip fighters in the Donbass.



Ukrainian president himself seems to be looking for is not the way to achieve peace and an opportunity to strengthen your army with the help of new military contracts with foreign suppliers. To do this, Poroshenko with the head of the General Staff visited the exhibition of modern weapons in Abu Dhabi. There he met with a delegation from the United States, and then announced the signing of two dozen contracts for the supply of arms Ukraine.



Photo: Mikhail Voskresensky / RIA Novosti

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