31.01.17 13:56

Avdiivka residents’ evacuation to be considered in case of further militants’ strikes, - ATO speaker

Avdiivka is currently without power and water, experiences disruptions in heat supply.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine on the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) issues Colonel Oleksandr Motuzianyk told a briefing today, Censor.NET reports.

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"The situation in Avdiivka is very complicated due to the enemy shelling: the houses are damaged; the town is currently without power and water, experiences disruptions in heat supply; Donetsk water treatment facility also stopped working; the coke plant operates intermittently.

"I would like to note that if the enemy continues criminal shelling, the issue of the residents' evacuation will be considered to keep them alive and well. We are going to monitor the situation. If the enemy continues actively using heavy weapons, artillery, hitting Avdiivka, we will be definitely forced to take these measures," Motuzianyk said.

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The fighting in the vicinity of Avdiivka has been underway since late Saturday, Jan. 28. Ukrainian soldiers bravely held their lines, according to the military sources.

Three days into fighting, Ukrainian soldiers have managed to take enemy positions and improved their tactical set-up in the area. Unfortunately, casualties were reported among the military.

On Jan. 30, enemy strikes left the government-controlled town of Avdiivka without electricity, water and heat.

In the evening of Jan. 30, a state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka.

As reported by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff press center, militants carry out not stop attacks on Ukrainian positions near the town.

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