Michael MacKay, Radio Lemberg, 17.08.2018
Ukrainian officers serving with the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) reported that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation used BM-21 “Grad” rocket launchers again. On August 16, the Russians fired rockets at defensive positions of the Ukrainian army near Svitlodarsk.
Svitlodarsk is in the “bulge” north of the Russian-occupied city of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, Ukraine. It became a hot spot on the battlefront where Russia is invading Ukraine after the Battle of Debaltseve in January-February 2015.
Russian occupation forces fired 122-millimetre calibre rockets from BM-21 “Grad” multiple-launch rocket systems. They launched the rockets from the environs of Debaltseve towards defensive positions of the Ukrainian army near Svitlodarsk. The bombardment also included shelling from 120-millimetre calibre mortars.
There were no losses recorded among Ukrainian defenders or civilians.
The last time the Russian invaders used rockets against Ukraine was on May 20, when they attacked the district of Avdiivka, which is north of the Russian-occupied city of Donetsk.
All weapons with a diameter of 100 millimetres or more are required to withdrawn to a distance 50 kilometres apart from the ‘contact line’ in Donbas, according to the terms of the Minsk Agreement of 11 February 2015. Russia violates every term of the Minsk Agreement, and violates every ceasefire made under it. When Russia fired the “Grad” terror weapon against Svitlodarsk, it was committing yet another egregious breach of international peace and security.
The guarantors of the Minsk Agreement, France and Germany, must impose severe penalties on Russia for its continuous assault on the peace of Europe in Ukraine.