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Moscow says Ukraine attacking pro-Russia forces

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 23, 2015 4:29PM

Russia has accused Ukraine of launching a new attack on pro-Russia forces in the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Kiev has ordered a major new offensive against the pro-Russians, which has led to the death of dozens of people in the past few days.

"Kiev authorities have given an official order to begin large-scale combat operations," Putin said.

On January 22, NATO's senior military commander, General Philip Breedlove, said in Brussels that the intensity of fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine has reverted to levels before the September 5, 2014 Minsk ceasefire agreement.

"The fighting has intensified to pre-agreement, pre-stand-down levels and in some cases beyond," Breedlove said.

Breedlove reiterated Kiev's allegations that Moscow provides pro-Russia activists with military assistance.

However, Breedlove said he cannot confirm the earlier claim by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Moscow dispatched some 9,000 troops to eastern Ukraine to support the pro-Russia forces.

Breedlove's remarks came shortly after Ukrainian sources announced that 34 people were killed in eastern Ukraine clashes on Thursday.

The representatives of Ukraine, Russia, and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk inked the ceasefire deal in the Belarusian capital to end the conflict. However, the truce has been almost daily violated by both the Ukrainian military and the pro-Russia forces.

The conflict between Ukraine's army and pro-Russians in the eastern regions have killed more than 5,000 people and displaced over a million since mid-April 2014, the UN says.


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