Occupation authorities of the "DNR" have recalled their intention to fire at Ukrainian positions in order to destroy the trenches and dugouts of the Joint Forces. This is said in the statement of the so-called "Foreign Minister" Natalia Nikonorova.
As previously reported, leader of the "DNR" Denis Pushilin delivered an ultimatum to the Armed Forces of Ukraine on August 28: to eliminate the trenches and shelters by September 3, which, according to the militants leader, the AFU had illegally additionally equipped in the area of the settlement of Shumy. He demands to provide him with a "report of completion" Upon the dismantling of the Ukrainian fortifications. Otherwise, he threatens to destroy this fortified area with "return fire".
"We recalled the position of the "head of republic" again and called on the Ukrainian party to show prudence and responsibility in eliminating and minimizing all their violations, including positional violations… as soon as possible, so as not to force us to resort to the appropriate extreme measures provided for by the truce control agreements", - the "minister" continues to threaten.
She assures that the "DNR" has every right to "return fire", since "the protocol of actions envisaged by additional measures was fully observed: they repeatedly activated the coordination mechanism, repeatedly notified the OSCE SMM and called on the Ukrainian party to eliminate their violations".
"We notify all members of the Contact Group that we will be forced to implement the order of the "head" (on the destruction of fortified areas of the JF - OstroV) in the event of failure to eliminate violations by the Ukrainian side, about which additional notification will be sent to avoid any possible victims", - Natalia Nikonorova stated.
In response, soldiers of the 503rd Separate Marine Corps Battalion of the AFU promised to give a worthy response to the occupation forces.
There is no official response from the leadership of Ukraine and the JFO command to this ultimatum of the militants.