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Sep 28, 2021
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The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine justified the shelling of Donbass cities: "There is no prohibition!"

Despite the fact that since July 2020, an agreement on a complete ceasefire has been in effect in Donbass, bullets are flying at civilians from the Ukrainian side again and again. As it turned out, the Ukrainian military can carry out such attacks even without the consent of Kiev: the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that there was “no prohibition” on opening fire.

According to the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, Ukrainian servicemen are not prohibited from opening return fire in the Donbas conflict zone. In an interview with one of the Ukrainian publications, Zaluzhny stressed that the decision to open fire is taken by the commanders right on the spot, they can give an order without the consent of the command in Kiev.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine added that there is no prohibition on opening fire. However, he made a reservation that we are talking exclusively about return fire. “As the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I tell you: there is no ban!” – Zaluzhny stressed.

He added that commanders must use all available forces and means to preserve the life and health of their subordinates. At the same time, Zaluzhny kept silent about the numerous cases when the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire first, and civilians most often become victims.

In particular, on May 8 this year, right on the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire on the outskirts of Donetsk. The target was a school and a residential building. As a result, a civilian was killed.

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