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41 petrol tankers enter into Ukraine with another Russian "humanitarian aid"
"The sixteenth Russian "humanitarian convoy" crossed into Ukraine on Friday without proper clearance and control, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports.
According to the report, "paper work was filled in only by the Russian party.
"Since the delivery of "humanitarian aid" was carried out with gross violations of the international and national legislation and modalities agreed with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the control was done by the Ukrainian interagency group only visually without performing any controlling functions", the report reads.
The department added that 2 columns consisting of 170 trucks crossed into Ukraine through the Russian checkpoints "Donetsk" and "Matveyev kurgan" during the period of time from 06.40 to 07.50 on Friday.
"A large part of the convoy carried cargo of not humanitarian character, namely: 41 truck carried POL, and 2 trucks - literature with unknown content," the department said.
Armed Forces of Ukraine draw off materiel but leave personnel in case rebels should attack
The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to withdraw heavy armaments from the front line in the east of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Department of Information Technologies of the Defence Ministry Colonel Sergei Galushko announced at a briefing aired by "Channel 5".
"We continue to draw off our divisions. Mass media will show our new columns of artillery being brought out in a few hours," he said.
"I would like to mention that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have enough personnel and materiel along the front line in case rebels and Russian forces, which support them, violate the ceasefire agreements and we would have to resume the defence capability of our units," the official added.
"The withdrawal of weapons is carried out under the control of the OSCE mission. They accompany our columns and record, where these have been withdrawn from, and which direction columns are heading," he emphasized.
"We demand an adequate compliance with the Minsk agreements by all parties, who signed them,” Galushko added.
He also added: "The Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed a number of units just across the Crimean isthmus - we cannot say how many for an obvious reason - just enough for an adequate response to the situation depending on how it develops later on".
General Staff: 3 service members killed and 7 others wounded in the ATO area in the past 24 hours
3 military died, and 7 others were wounded in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Friday.
"3 were killed, 7 others wounded in the past 24 hours", Lysenko announced.
ATO Headquarters: A threat of rebel offensives still persists
A threat of hostilities which could be launched by rebels still remains high in the Mariupol, Lysychansk, Schastya and Stanytsia Luganska directions, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Friday.
According to him, the intensity of shelling in Donetsk and Lugansk regions has decreased, but rebels are regrouping and carrying out reconnaissance activities along the front line.
"Insurgents are drawing off their heavy equipment only in part and deploy it at 30 minutes driving distance," the ATO spokesman said.
Lysenko noted that rebels had started to withdraw equipment from Debaltseve. Materiel and personnel are moved to areas near Maryinka, Pisky and Shyroke. A column consisting of around 100 units of equipment went through the town of Bryanka.
"Additionally, a column of Grad MLRSs and other heavy equipment consisting of up to 50 units went from the city of Donetsk to Mariupol", the ATO spokesman said.
Trains with military hardware, ammunition and POL continue to arrive through the Illovaysk railway station from the territory of the RF.
ATO forces with light and small arms maintain their positions
ATO forces continue to draw off heavy weapons from the front line; Ukrainian fighters maintain positions with small and light arms, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council, Andriy Lysenko, reported at a briefing on Friday.
"We have already withdrawn part of our arms, and the process is going on. But if we do not see an adequate response from rebels, we will redeploy this equipment, in order to protect our guys at the front line,” Lysenko said.
He once again stressed, that only heavy armaments were withdrawn.
"Our units with small and light weapons maintain their positions," Lysenko said. According to the Minsk agreements, withdrawing of heavy armaments should take a week once the first paragraph of the cease fire deal has been implemented.
"There is no day without shooting, but a step forward was made yesterday, and the Ukrainian authorities - the leadership of the country - decided to launch the withdrawal of heavy weapons. We expect the same activities from the enemy", - Lysenko said.