Leader of self-proclaimed organization ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ Alexander Zakharchenko said that Shyrokine settlements is a trap for Ukrainian servicemen.
He said this is his interview to a newspaper.
Journalist asked Zakharchenko whether there are fears that territory of Shyrokine village might become bridgehead for Ukrainian troop after withdrawal of DNR forces. DNR leader responded that this is not bridgehead but a trap.
According to Zakharchenko, relief of the land has got two dominant heights, one is under control of Ukraine and another under control of DNR. He assured that DNR forces retreated to dominant position thus making a trap for Ukrainian forces.
In this publication journalist suggested that withdrawal of DNR troops from Shyrokino to fortified positions near the village is a political move on the eve of meeting in Minsk which began on July 7.
DNR troops have recently retreated from Shyrokine and it was confirmed by OSCE mission.
Press center of anti-terrorist operation informed that as of 06.00 pm Russia-backed armed forces conducted 20 shellings of positions of Ukrainian forces using small arms, mortars and grenade launchers.
Press center states that situation in zone of anti-terrorist operation is under control of Ukrainian Armed Forces.