The newest on the Ukraine-Russia border disaster: Reside updates

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2022-02-20 14:34:02

Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy, left, visits soldiers at a front line position in Novoluhanske, Ukraine, on February 19. (Timothy Fadek/Redux for CNN)
Ukraine’s Inside Minister Denys Monastyrskiy, left, visits troopers at a entrance line place in Novoluhanske, Ukraine, on February 19. (Timothy Fadek/Redux for CNN)

A CNN workforce and different journalists accompanying Ukraine’s inside minister on a tour of the entrance strains in japanese Ukraine got here beneath mortar fireplace Saturday.

Nobody was injured.

Inside Minister Denys Monastyrskiy sought cowl as a number of mortar rounds landed close by. Shortly after the shelling, he gave interviews to worldwide media in Novoluhanske. 

A few dozen mortar rounds landed inside just a few hundred meters of the group.

Chatting with CNN previous to leaving the world, Monastyrskiy mentioned, “We spoke with troopers on the bottom. The spirit is extremely courageous and all guys are prepared for any situation.”

He mentioned that it had been his first time beneath fireplace. He informed reporters that he was within the automotive en route and so they needed to cease each time they heard shelling and lay on the bottom.

At a information convention later in Kramatorsk, Monastyrskiy was requested by CNN what position Ukraine believed that Russian navy advisers have been enjoying within the preventing within the japanese a part of the nation. 

“Now we have details about the advance of the Russian military alongside our territory,” he mentioned. “There may be additionally data that sure items of the Wagner PMC have entered our territory. The aim of the keep is to prepare sabotage in our territory.”

Some background: Wagner is a non-public Russian paramilitary power that has lengthy been related to the separatists in japanese Ukraine and has additionally deployed to Libya, Syria and the Central African Republic, amongst different international locations.

The Russian authorities denies any reference to Wagner or different personal navy contractors.

Over the previous few days, the Ukrainian armed forces have reported a surge in heavy weapons fireplace towards Ukrainian positions alongside what is named the road of contact.  

The Ukrainian Ministry of Protection mentioned that by way of 17:00 native time (10 a.m. ET) Saturday, “70 violations of the ceasefire regime have been recorded by the Russian occupation forces, 60 of which by utilizing weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.”

The ministry additionally mentioned that two Ukrainian serviceman have been killed and 4 wounded on Saturday.

The Ukrainian Protection Minister Oleksiy Reznikov repeated in a Fb submit Saturday that Ukraine had no plans to launch an offensive towards the breakaway areas, as claimed by the leaders of the self-declared Luhansk and Donetsk republics. 

“We don’t plan any offensives, however we is not going to permit the firing on the positions of our troops and human settlements with impunity,” Reznikov mentioned.

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