ATO command bans Ukrainian soldiers from return fire when shelled by terrorists, - MP Tymchuk

As announced by Informational Resistance group, representatives of the Ukrainian command launched a 'witch hunt' in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) area within OSCE accusations of the Ukrainian forces of shelling Donetsk downtown with tanks, allegedly conducted on July 18.

MP Dmytro Tymchuk wrote on his Facebook page, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, search for those 'guilty' in Ukrainian units is accompanied with unprecedented pressure upon soldiers and officers by certain members of Ukrainian generalship, as well as with threats of criminal cases. "In connection to this, we the InfoResist group need to declare that such activities by representatives of the Ukrainian command are intolerable."

"We do not comment on OSCE accusations - this organization, which holds itself out as 'independent observers' (and still always plays on the Russian aggressor's side), has discredited itself long since. However, the Ukrainian generalship should have taken a look at tank weapons before such 'blamestorming', given they had no time to do so in military colleges and academies," Tymchuk wrote.

He noted that, according to 'OSCE data,' the fire has been conducted from tank weapons located on Ukraine-controlled territory, including Pisky village (11 km from Donetsk) and Pervomaiske village (17 km from Donetsk). "There are no tanks in the world, including perspective samples, able to fire at such distances," the deputy commented. Most tanks servicing Ukrainian army have a firing range between 2.5 and 5 km, Tymchuk stressed.

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"In general, we believe this inappropriate for the discipline in the Ukrainian army to take one's lead from the structure which usually presents biased information and is staffed with the aggressor state representatives," the expert said.

At the same Tymchuk noted 'pathological desire' of ATO command to the so-called 'abiding' by the Minsk agreements, which results in banning Ukrainian soldiers from opening return fire in cases of shelling by the Russian terrorist troops, even if they use heavy weapons.

"We are certain this ban would have worked if the terrorists, Russian mercenaries and Russian soldiers also had abode by the Minsk agreements," Tymchuk wrote. "But in situation when Russian terrorist troops continuously attempt assaults and conduct fire along the entire demarcation line, such policy of the military command only leads to subsequent loss of the territory of Ukraine and increase in the Russian infection over the body of our country," Tymchuk concluded.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n345114