The incidents of shelling across the line separating government forces and the separatists increased sharply on Thursday, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the matter as a “great provocation.”
The army said in a report that the separatists opened fire on more than 10 residential communities using heavy artillery, mortars and a tank.
New withdrawals of Russian forces
On the other hand, Russia announced, on Friday, the withdrawal of tanks from near the border with Ukraine, as well as bombers from the Crimea, which it annexed, to return to its barracks, in the face of Western fears of an attack on Ukraine.
“Another military train carrying many armored units from the Western Military District has returned to its permanent bases” in Nizhny Novgorod, more than 1,000 km from Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
She explained that these forces are returning to their barracks “after they have completed planned exercises.”
And the spokesman for the Russian fleet, Alexei Rolev, whose statements were reported by the Interfax news agency, announced that 6 Su-24 bombers had left the Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, heading to other airports in Russia as part of military exercises as well.
The United States says that Russia has deployed more than 150,000 troops in the vicinity of Ukraine, raising fears of an attack on that country.
Moscow denies that it has any plan in this direction, and has announced since Tuesday a series of withdrawals of its forces, while showing scenes of trains loaded with equipment, without convincing the Western countries.