Ukrainian military beefing up forces northwest of Lugansk - militia

The militia in the self-declared Lugansk People's Republic said the Ukrainian armed forces continue beefing up the contingent northwest of Lugansk.

The militia in the self-declared Lugansk People's Republic said the Ukrainian armed forces continue beefing up the contingent northwest of Lugansk.

"Two soldiers of the 51st mechanized infantry brigade laid down arms near the village of Stepnoye and switched to the militia. They told us that the enemy was pulling up forces, including armored vehicles and artillery systems, to the village of Schastye in order to continue the operation," a source in the headquarters of the Lugansk People's Republic militia told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Reports that the Ukrainian military had mined infrastructure of the Schastye thermal power plant have been confirmed. The intelligence available suggests that foreign mercenaries are active near the thermal power plant. Some of them are snipers," he said.

"In a bid to obstruct the enemy's offensive on the town of Stakhanov, the militia shelled the Ukrainian checkpoints with Grad launchers. The populated areas of Lesnoye and Slavyanoserbsk have been put under the militia's control," the headquarters said.

Spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Andriy Lysenko said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday that the militia had violated the ceasefire.

"The situation at the Donetsk airport, and in Debaltsevo, Severodonetsk, Schastye, Fashchevka and Avdiyivka remains particularly serious. Observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have registered a violation of the ceasefire by the terrorists near Schastye," Lysenko said.

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