The situation in Debaltseve, where heavy fighting has been taking place recently, is deteriorating rapidly, Illia Kiva, the deputy head for the Donetsk Oblast Ministry of Internal Affairs, told Espreso TV on Tuesday, February 17.
“Militants are using the ceasefire for the opportunity to attack in the direction of Debaltseve with all kinds of weapons. And we are only allowed to carry out individual shellings in response to full-scale military attack,” he said.
“Right now the situation is still under control. It can still be corrected, but it is deteriorating by the minute. If this continues, we may lose control over the entire critical situation,” he said.
According to Kiva, the signing of the Minsk agreements has not resulted in any improvement of the situation in the ATO zone. “It is not possible to negotiate with terrorists. This is yet another trap for our military. The signing of a peace accord with Putin, the main global terrorist, was a serious mistake,” he said.
“We must start calling things by their rightful names: war is war and terrorists are terrorists. We must finally allow our artillery to fully attack the positions of the militants.