Ukrainian army amasses tanks in Gorlovka

December 07, 2018 17:04

Donetsk, Dec 7 – DAN. DPR People’s militia has obtained information on Ukrainian tanks relocated to Gorlovka area, said DPR People’s Militia deputy chief-of-staff Eduard Basurin.

“On December 3, twenty additional T-64 tanks of the 24th mechanized brigade were delivered to the 58th infantry brigade based outside Gorlovka.”

Currently the tanks are believed to be stationed in Katerinovka, 10 km away from the contact line. The JFO HQ tasked the brigade with preparing tanks, forming crews and carrying out shake-up by December 15.

“Besides, on December 5 a mobilization was announced for members of the Pravyi Sektor (Right Sector, a far-right Ukrainian nationalist political and paramilitary group of neo-fascist ideology) and other activists supporting their ideology. The mobilization aims to staff the 20th reserve sotnia (century) to be sent to the JFO.”

Ukraine declared martial law on November 26 in ten Ukrainian regions adjacent to Russia and Transnistria, or Kiev-controlled Donbass regions, or the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.

Martial law is brought in all over the state or in designated areas in accordance with the bill “On the Legal Regime of Martial Law”. Martial law provides military authorities and leadership with greater and unlimited power, while restricting civil liberties such as public gatherings, media freedoms and free movement.

Ukraine’s President Petr Poroshenko proposed that parliament declare martial law in the country following the provocation in the Black Sea staged by Kiev. On November 25, two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tugboat illegally entered Russian territorial waters and began maneuvering dangerously and ignoring instructions with the aim of stirring up tensions in a staged attempt to break-through into the Azov Sea through the Kerch Strait. Russian military was forced to attack and seize three navy ships to re-establish security in the area.*ot