Russia’s hybrid military forces on Saturday, April 1, continued provocations in Donbas and mounted 37 attacks on Ukrainian positions despite recent agreements reached by the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on a ceasefire along the entire contact line from 00:00 local time on the same day, according to the press center of the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters, Joinfo.com reports with reference to UNIAN.
“Despite armed provocations by the enemy, Ukrainian servicemen have strictly been adhering to the ceasefire regime and have not fired back. Four Ukrainian defenders were wounded in action (WIA),” the ATO HQ said.
The Mariupol sector saw most of the attacks on the Ukrainian positions. “Strongholds near the village of Berezove came under 82mm mortar fire. The enemy also used guns of an infantry fighting vehicle and small arms to fire at the marines near the village of Shyrokyne [about 24 km from the Ukrainian-controlled strategic port city of Mariupol]. Russian-backed terrorist units used an anti-tank missile system, grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and small arms to attack the defenders of the village of Vodiane. Large-caliber machine guns were used to fire at position near the villages of Berezove, Pavlopil and Hnutove,” the ATO HQ said.
Strongholds near the village of Luhanske in the Donetsk sector came under 120mm and 82mm mortar fire. The enemy also used guns of an infantry fighting vehicle and small arms. Grenade launchers of various systems, heavy machine guns and 82mm mortars were used to shell the defenders of the town of Avdiyivka. The Ukrainian positions near the village of Verkhniotoretske came under fire from grenade launchers, while large-caliber machine guns were used to attack the defenders of the village of Kam’ianka. Enemy snipers were active near Avdiyivka, Verkhniotoretske and Mayorsk. Small arms were used to open fire at the defenders of the village of Troyitske.
The Luhansk sector saw least shelling, the ATO HQ said. Positions near the village of Stanytsia Luhanska were under sniper fire.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says that there will be no general amnesty for mercenaries who have been fighting against Ukraine in Donbas; every case will be considered separately in a legal procedure, according to Germany’s Bild.
“Amnesty in Ukraine could be granted individually only, and only in case when amnesty is possible. In keeping with Ukrainian laws, murder, torture, rape, grievous bodily harm are not subject to amnesty. If this provision should be implemented under the Minsk agreement, we will scrutinize every petition separately. If a court establishes that a person has not committed the said types of crime, an amnesty could be granted,” Lutsenko told Bild in an interview. In his words, after Russian troops leave Donbas, Ukraine will have to address the issue of domestic mercenaries.
“If 10,000 armed Russian troops really withdraw from Donbas and we will in the end be able to live in peace, an issue will arise – what we should do with the remaining 40,000 Ukrainian separatists. There should be no general amnesty. I, as Prosecutor General, can act only within the framework of Ukrainian legislation. The 40,000 should lay down arms and file individual clemency petitions. They should cop a plea and appeal for clemency,” Lutsenko said. While scrutinizing every particular case, the law enforcement agencies will verify whether an individual has not committed a serious crime that rules out amnesty.