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 "Buffer zone" does not include Mariupol; no units, only heavy weapons will be withdrawn, Poroshenko says

No "buffer zone" will be created around the Mariupol, the Donetsk region. City residents shall not panic.

This was announced by President Petro Poroshenko while communicating with volunteers in the Defense Ministry on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda.

"Look at what was going on during weekend - Shchastia [town in the Luhansk region - ed.] assault was immediately followed by "we have been betrayed," "we have been surrounded," and "we retreat" shouts. Friends, please do not intervene with the Armed Forces in their fighting," the president noted.

According to Poroshenko, Mariupol approach routs are being reinforced with the best units of the Ukrainian army, including marine infantry and artillery.

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"The "buffer zone" does not include Mariupol. Each unit remains at its location. Only heavy artillery and MLRSes are withdrawn, which will be returned upon conflict escalation," Poroshenko said.

"So here is a separate message for Mariupol residents: the president is with you, the Army is with you, do not listen to those who panic and get rid of them," he said.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n345420