(MENAFN - UkrinForm) Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk has reported that Russian occupation forces are provoking Ukrainian Joint Forces to return artillery fire from residential neighborhoods in Donetsk.
This information is supported by referenced data from the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to Motuzianyk.
"There has been an increase in equipping artillery and air defense positions, including in populated localities, which greatly increases danger to the local population and civilian infrastructure facilities. On June 17 this year, in order to provoke the returning of fire, the enemy shelled Joint Forces units with the use of artillery from positions located in residential neighborhoods of Donetsk," he said at a briefing on Tuesday.
According to Motuzianyk, the command of the Russian occupation forces continues to equip new firing positions and cover the existing defense positions of the 1st Army Corps (operating in Donetsk) and the 2nd Army Corps (based in Luhansk) of the Russian Armed Forces.