Russian troop withdrawals “fake” — Poroshenko

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2015/03/01 • News

The “withdrawals” of Russian and proxy forces in the Donbas are largely fake and designed to fool OSCE monitors, Ukrainian officials report. To stabilize the Donbas situation, Ukraine intends to formally request UN peacekeepers.

During an official visit to Vinnytsia, February 28, President Petro Poroshenko announced he would submit a bill at the next plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada asking the parliament to appeal to the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to Ukraine.

” I expect that on Tuesday, March 3, the bill that I introduce will go to parliament,” he said.

According to Poroshenko, the militants are carrying out “fake” withdrawals of heavy weapons from the contact line in the Donbas.

“We do not accept ‘fake’ withdrawals of heavy equipment and artillery that Russian TV has tried to demonstrate for us. They placed reporters and showed them the column that left one place. Then it moved down the road and came back. When the OSCE inspectors came to the location where the column should have arrived to make sure it had been withdrawn, they were barred from entering. When they were finally allowed to go in, there was already nobody there. This is not withdrawal,” Poroshenko concluded.

He also stated that the withdrawal of Ukrainian weapons and equipment would continue under the mandatory control of the OSCE. However, he noted that the planned increase of OSCE special monitoring missions in eastern Ukraine from 350 to 500 is inadequate.

“We had proposed that the number of missions be increased so that permanent OSCE observers could be placed at each one of the 11 identified points to ensure the monitoring of the ceasefire,” he said.

Despite the violations, Ukraine is adhering strictly to the Minsk agreements and demands that the Russian Federation and the terrorists it supports carry out their obligations as well, he emphasized. “The agreements must be honored, and if they are violated the guilty persons must be held accountable,” he said.

Poroshenko indicated that the (Ukrainian) military would be ready at any moment to promptly return military equipment to previous locations and if necessary to fight back. However, he said Ukraine must take advantage of even the smallest chance to move from the phase of military conflict to a state of political settlement.

However, the “enemy is not only destabilizing the situation in the Donbas but is also attempting to aggravate the situation in other regions,” he warned.

That view was seconded by ATO spokesman Andriy Lysenko at a briefing on Sunday, March 1, who announced that the terrorists are preparing for further offensives in the direction of Mariupol, Artemivsk and Luhansk. In order to mislead representatives of the OSCE mission, the terrorists are moving military equipment from the boundary line in the rear of the regions and then moving them back during the night, he said.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Espreso TV
Source: Pravda

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  • Michel Cloarec

    I would not trust a russian for a kopek, I would not trust a terrorist for a kopek !
    Putin will not give up. He moved troops from the north and north east. There are troops in the south and on way to Marioupol, and at the same time they speak of ceasefire. Putin and the gauleiters don´t give a kopek for OSCE.
    So again Ukraine don´t be fooled and foolish. It is not over. The terrorists will not go back to the mines or to the fields after several months of work free life and being paid to do nothing but to kill and shoot at kindergardens, schools, hospitals, ambulance, bus stations, residential area. DESTRUCTION is their motto . After destruction it will be TERROR working lager(gulag) They will force people to fight for them when they will march on to Kharkov or Sloviansk. They will call Yanukovich back to Donbas as the King.
    SO UKRAINE ARMY BE PREPARED, DON´T MOVE TOO FAR, DON´T TRUST THE BANDITS !

    • Czech Friend

      that is the most tragic thing- the real junta of pro Russian terrorist cannot really run anything. But they can like all warlords establish themselves as unchallenged rulers of the slave community.

      Rule of terror is in order for Donbas, well there already is one…

      • evanlarkspur

        There already is one. Has been for nearly a year now.

      • puttypants

        We need to stop talking about Germany and France and others supporting Putin and start hitting them where it hurts in there pocket books. Whatever country you’re in write the sellers of their products and tell them to stop buying those products. Hit them in the pocketbook that’s where their values are.

  • Rods

    The previous and current ceasefires have suited Russian purposes just right and fits in with how they fight. Their style of fighting means that they use up vast amounts of ammunition during a round of attacks, pause to consolidate and resupply and then press-on again.

    1. So the current ceasefire while they replace damaged / destroyed tanks, APC’s, artillery and reinforce and rotate their troops and replenish their ammunition, suits them just fine. They will plan and move them to their starting points ready for the next phase of attacks, which is also going to co-inside with spring arriving.

    2. The pull back by Ukrainian forces also suits their purpose and is also why we are seeing reports of T90 tanks arriving from Russia. These are ideal to use in the next phase as there will only be Ukrainian infantry defending the buffer zone. Ukrainian man portable anti-tank missiles will not penetrate their armour, only Western ones will do that, that the west won’t supply!

    Once the Russians have finished their resupply and the Ukrainian heavy weapons have pulled back as required in Minsk II, then the Russian troops and their terrorists, will attack with their hidden heavy weapons, followed by their tanks, which the lightly armed Ukrainian infantry, with their obsolete anti-tank weapons can’t stop, so the Russian forces have gained another 50km in depth into Ukrainian territory and cutoff Mariupol, which they can then take at their leisure.

    You have been warned, don’t fall for it.

    • Czech Friend

      yet Merkel et al will act all gravely concerned and surprised when the fighting breaks again in full brutal force. Hypocrites and Putler’s acomplices.

  • Dean Venture

    Had Russia really been adhering to the agreement, they would have been eager to have that verified. Their reluctance betrays their true intentions. They aren’t fooling anyone anyone at this point.

  • puttypants

    Why hasn’t Ukraine officially asked UN troops to move in?

    • Michel Cloarec

      Because that is what Putin wants !

  • puttypants

    Everyone please write to all the car dealers who sell BMW’s and Mercedes in your area to boycott German cars. That should fix the Germans.

  • Dirk Smith

    REMOVE RUSSIA FROM THE SWIFT BANKING SYSTEM!!!!! Problem solved.

  • James from Dallas

    What you need is defense intelligence agency specialists.