The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that no one withdraws the military from Mariupol in southern Donetsk oblast, on the contrary, it provides enhanced protection of the city.
"This is our Outpost, never tell anyone We did not give up. We strengthen the defense of Mariupol best parts and units of the armed forces, elite units, Marines. A whole team, let's see, because It's for the heroes, and then go out and organize a panic, "said Poroshenko on the first day of the week at events in the defense Ministry, RIA" Novosti ".
"A separate message for the people of Mariupol: head With you, equipped with weapons forces With you, the best Authorized and among them, the Marines, the Marines, at the present time, the artillery concentrated there. No buffer zone to Mariupol does not apply, each division holds its place ", - said the Ukrainian leader. Last weekend there were messages that the Ukrainian military as if withdrawn From positions in the area of Shirokino near Mariupol. At the headquarters of the special operations challenged data as if the allotment of offices of the battalion "Azov" From positions near Shirokino and battalion "Aydar" in the Luhansk direction, explaining that there is a planned rotation of these battalions. Remember, "Norman four" demanded from Kiev to 3 August to withdraw troops from Shirokino, as a month ago, did the militia. July 19, DND and LNR announced the start of a unilateral withdrawal at 3 km from the line of contact of the arms of a calibre of not More than 100 mm. From the LPR weapons will be given for the whole line, except Happiness. In Kiev the statement of the DPR and LPR on the start of the diversion of arms called "baseless" and described as " part of the information war ". Over the Military under the pretext of attacks from militias scared to return to positions in the Donbass weapons with a caliber exceeding 100 mm. From the middle of April of last year, the Kyiv authorities are in the East of Ukraine "special operation" to suppress the protest movement in the Donbass. Refers to a large number of dead and wounded among the civilian population and the destruction of houses and infrastructure. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began More than 6, 4 thousand People.