9 November 2017, 17:14
Ukrainian defence appoints US protégé head of “antiterrorist operation” - People’s Militia
LUGANSK, November 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Ukrainian Defence Ministry appointed a US protégé head of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation,” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.
Ukrainian Defence Ministry spokesman Andrey Lysenko said earlier in the day that commander of Highly Mobile Airborne Forces, former 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade commander Lt-Gen Mikhail Zabrodskiy had been appointed head of the “anti-terrorist operation (ATO).”
The Ministry said the appointment was part of “scheduled rotation.” Zabrodskiy, who is replacing First Deputy Land Troops Commander Lt-Gen Alexander Lokota, assigned objectives to ATO forces that blocked Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in 2014; on 23 August 2014, he was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.
“It is another evidence that the USA fully controls the Ukrainian army and appoints its protégés to senior posts; in 2005-2006 Zabrodskiy had training at the United States Army Command and General Staff College,” Marochko said.
“His appointment won't improve the Contact Line situation because Zabrodskiy, as 95th Brigade commander, ordered to carry out strikes at neighbourhoods and fanned the large armed conflict in Donbass by using the knowledge and skills acquired during the training in the USA,” the People’s Militia spokesman said. “He was awarded the Hero of Ukraine title for the murder of Slavyansk civilians and other war crimes against the population.”
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.
The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
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