Donbass for Russia – is a polygon.

Донбасс для России - это полигон, - Береза

Yuri Birch. Archival photo.

For Russia, the occupied territories are a testing ground for personnel and ammunition disposal, said the people’s Deputy Yuriy Birch. He said this in the “Evening Prime” to “112 Ukraine”, commenting on the recent aggravation of the situation in the combat zone in Eastern Ukraine.

“There are a few factors that are always associated with the aggravation. The first factor is the position of Russia in relation to the Donbass. Today, it is for them to the landfill. The first proving ground for testing personnel to reference later in a different point, the second point for the disposal of ammunition. It’s terrible. They have completed the period of use of ammunition of times of the Soviet Union. And now they need to use products and disposed of in specialised plants, or disposed of at the expense of Ukrainian citizens. For me this is the worst horror,” – said the MP.

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As reported, on December 19 in the morning, the press center of the ATO headquarters reported that the outcome of the battle on the arc Svetlodarsk December 18, Ukrainian soldiers took the initiative, threw the enemy back, and made a counterattack into the flank of the enemy. The enemy was forced to retreat, leaving with military assets and equipment of Russian production. According to the published in the message according to the Ukrainian intelligence, the loss of the rebels amounted to at least 25 people were killed and 30 wounded.

In the fighting on the arc Svetlodarsk five Ukrainian servicemen were killed, 16 were wounded, injured or wounded. These losses of the Ukrainian troops suffered on the arc Svetlodarsk and as a result of enemy shelling from heavy weapons.

In the afternoon of 21 December the headquarters of the ATO reported that for the last day in the area of ATO two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and four soldiers were wounded, four wounded. He also informed that the enemy has not ceased active hostilities on the arc Svetlodarsk, in the morning before lunch, the militants carried out a number of artillery and mortar attacks, and made one attempt to storm, which was reflected.

We will remind, on December 20th, the militants tried to break through the defense of the APU under Svetlodarsk. It is reported that the militants launched an attack today around 10:30 after the systematic mortar shelling. In the attack was involved in three assault groups of 3 to 5 people.