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All forces to join Ukraine military operation: Avakov

Iran Press TV

Mon Jun 9, 2014 5:11PM GMT

Ukraine's acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has announced plans to deploy all the department's forces in combat and patrol units to eastern Ukraine for participation in the ongoing military operations against pro-Russia protesters.

"I made the decision - all ... fighting and patrol divisions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will take part in the anti-terrorist operation," Avakov wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.

He warned that any member of the ministry, who refuses to join the Ukrainian army's crackdown on pro-Russians, will be fired.

The Ukrainian acting interior minister also claimed that the move is not only a "necessity" but also a test of "patriotism."

The remarks came one day after Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said fighting in the country's eastern parts must stop this week. He had previously ruled out negotiations with the pro-Russians and vowed to continue the military operations in the region.

Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking parts in the east have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Moscow activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched its operations in mid-April.

The military actions were intensified after the Donetsk region together with Lugansk declared independence on May 12 following local referendums, in which the two provinces' residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Kiev.

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