The situation in the Donbas has deteriorated and the Ukrainian military have been given permission to respond fully to the enemy's provocations, as stated by the Chief of the General Staff, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"Since the day before yesterday, we have been seeing an increase in the number of mortar attacks, attacks from guns, and the use of tanks. In particular, the latter were used by the enemy yesterday against the city of Avdiivka. Military units that carry out tasks in the ATO zone have a right to respond fully to all violations in the zone of operations. It is in the power of the commanders to make decisions in response to certain actions of the enemy," Muzhenko said during a meeting with foreign military attachés in Kyiv.
However, he stressed that attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine "are several times less than those of the enemy." In general, according to him, the separatists’ activities are unorganized. On February 15th, the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk agreed on the withdrawal of heavy weapons in the Donbas by February 20.