Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021

WW3 alert: Ukraine army on ‘highest state of combat readiness’ as Russia tensions erupt

Russia-Ukraine war could be VERY dangerous says expert

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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has released a lengthy statement claiming on Monday there were ten instances of ceasefire violations by Russian forces, including weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The Government department said in the Donetsk sector, in the suburbs of Verkhnotoretske and Vodiane in the Azov Sea region, “the enemy opened fire towards the positions of Ukrainian soldiers with 82 mm and 120 mm mortars prohibited by the Minsk agreements, as well as grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns”.

Ukraine has reported that near the eastern villages of Lebedynske and Trudivske “the enemy attacked the positions of our soldiers with heavy machine guns and automatic grenade launchers”.

The Ministry of Defence added that in the nearby village of Hnutove, “the enemy used a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher, and small arms near Maryinka”.

Meanwhile in the Luhansk sector, near Pivdenne, Russian forces “attacked the positions of the Combined Forces with grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns”, with Ukrainian soldiers returning fire as a result.

Earlier on Tuesday, as of 12pm local time, Ukraine said “the enemy” had opened fire twice on the positions of its soldiers and near the settlement of Hnutove, Russian forces had used “a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher”.

The Ministry of Defence said in a lengthy statement the “aggressor state” is not fulfilling its obligations and international agreements, with Russia instead increasing its combat potential in territories temporarily occupied and near the borders of Ukraine.

It has therefore been concluded Russia has provoked “increased tensions in the “temporarily occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions”.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said: “The aggressor state continues to not fulfil its obligations and international agreements.

“Instead, the Russian Federation is increasing its combat potential in the temporarily occupied territories and near the borders of Ukraine.

“According to the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, the Command of the Russian Armed Forces provokes increased tensions in the temporarily occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“Thus, the units of the first and second army corps of the operational group of Russian occupation troops are brought to higher levels of combat readiness.

“The enemy’s personnel were withdrawn from vacation, sent ahead of schedule to the places of service of persons who were undergoing treatment in medical institutions, replenishment of ammunition of advanced units is carried out.”

The Ministry of Defence added in its statement: “At the same time, among the personnel of the occupiers and the local population, rumours spread about the likelihood of the beginning of hostilities with their possible development into a full-scale military conflict during the events in Crimea on March 17-18 on the occasion of another anniversary of the occupation of the peninsula with the participation of the highest Russian state and military leadership.”

The latest eruption in tensions comes with Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) claiming it had prevented a large-scale cyber attack by Russian hackers targeting classified Government data.

The SBU alleged the aim was to “get access to classified data of the highest institutions of state power of Ukraine”.

The service also accused the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) of being behind the hackers whom it alleged had carried out the attempted attack.

Ukraine has previously accused Russia of being behind large cyber attacks as part of a “hybrid war” against it something Moscow has continued to strongly deny.

Last month, Ukrainian cyber authorities accused unnamed Russian internet networks of attacks against its security and defence websites, as well as attempting to disseminate malicious documents through a web-based system.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine began in February 2014 and revolves around the status of the Ukrainian regions of Crimea and Donbass.

The two countries have been at loggerheads since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine seven years ago and the involvement in a conflict in the Donbass region which Kyiv claims has killed around 14,000 people.

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