Tuesday, January 31 2017 19:37 EET
Ukraine
Poroshenko during the urgent meeting with security officials on the escalation in Avdiivka: Soldiers have no orders that forbid fire in response
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Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with security officials due to the drastic escalation of the security situation in the industrial area of Avdiivka, Donetsk region.

The President has instructed Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yelisieiev to submit the issue of escalation in Avdiivka for consideration by the UN Security Council immediately. “Today, we expect respective statements by our international partners,” the Head of State noted.

Poroshenko has had a meeting with the security officials due to the drastic escalation of the security situation in the industrial area of Avdiivka, Donetsk region.

“Given the actions of Russian militants, I would like to ask those talking about the abolition of sanctions: what else do we need to bring the aggressor to justice? For the first time in many days, massive artillery shelling from “Grad” has been carried out against civilians,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

Due to the deployment of hostilities, the President has involved all international instruments to ensure the ceasefire regime. The Ukrainian party has addressed the OSCE; respective instructions have been given to the Ukrainian representatives in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Issues and Stabilization of the Delimitation Line. The Trilateral Contact Group will organize negotiations today. Partners from the United States, European Union and NATO have also been informed of the escalation.

“First of all, I would like to calm everyone down,” Petro Poroshenko said. He particularly noted courage and professionalism of the Ukrainian military who decently rebuffed the enemy: “Our servicemen from the 72nd brigade and other units defend the positions brilliantly. They have no orders that forbid fire in response. They have every opportunity to defend themselves”. At the same time, the President emphasizes that the Ukrainian servicemen do not open fire in response when criminals, Russian militants place artillery systems, tanks and multiple launch rocket systems directly in residential areas of Donetsk and Yasynuvata.

Poroshenko also ordered to take immediate measures to provide humanitarian assistance to Avdiivka residents affected by artillery and missile shelling by Russian militants. The shelling in Avdiivka has resulted into the termination of electricity supply and restriction of heating and water supply. The top priority is to provide warm clothes, diesel fuel, heating facilities, food etc.

The Head of State has also instructed to determine places for temporary accommodation of Avdiivka residents in case of necessary evacuation of the city.

Earlier reported about new clashes in Avdiivka industrial zone.

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