By Dispatch News Desk
Ukrainian army has officially refused to withdraw heavy weapons from ceasefire line saying that rebels are attacking Ukraine areas therefore Ukraine army will not withdraw heavy weapons.
While rebel forces said that Donetsk is under heavy fire and Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has invited international media to come and see how much Ukraine army is using heavy weapons and shelling over Donetsk city.
Meanwhile, the United States also expressed its grave concerns over the situation in and around Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. The OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe] Special Monitoring Mission confirmed that attacks continue in this area as well as other locations, including Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk, and Donetsk city.
According to the US State Department, the fact that OSCE monitors “have not been provided security guarantees for access” to Debaltseve and local militia’s refusal to fully observe the ceasefire in the city threatens the recently-enforced truce, stipulated by the February 12 Minsk agreement. However US State Department does not accept that Ukrainian army is attacking rebel’s areas despite the statement of Ukrainian army that it would not stop fight unless rebels clear Debaltseve region.
According to reports coming from Debaltseve, around 60 soldiers of Ukrainian army were killed by rebel forces in Donbas on February 16-16 night.
“During the day, Ukrainian troops shelled DPR army’s positions in Logvinovo and nearby localities from Lugansky and Debaltseve. On separate occasions, we were forced to fire back at the Ukrainian artillery’s positions, from where shelling was opened. Moreover, Ukrainian troops never stopped gun and mortar fire around Debaltseve, claimed a rebel soldier through his tweeter messages. He also confirmed that DPR militias over the same period lost three infantry carriers. Two militias were killed and 21 were wounded.
It may be mentioned that Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine signed a ceasefire in Minsk, the Belarusian capital that is called as Minsk II. The first point of the document sets condition for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire beginning at 00:00 hours (Kiev time) on February 15, 2015.
The decisions of Minsk II include disengagement line in order to create a security zone at least 50 kilometers wide for artillery systems with a caliber of 100 mm or more, a zone of security 70 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers and a zone 140 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch and the tactical rocket systems Tochka-U.
The final document says that the Ukrainian troops are to be pulled back away from the current line of engagement and the militias of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, from the engagement line set by the Minsk Memorandum of September 19, 2014.
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