Ukraine preparing for combat in face of Russian build-up: minister

12th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

Ukraine's defence minister said Wednesday that Kiev was preparing for fresh combat operations in the face of alleged "increased activity" by Russia and pro-Moscow rebels in the war-torn east.

"The main task I see is to prepare for combat operations.

We are doing this, we are readying our reserves," Stepan Poltorak said, adding that the situation in the conflict zone was "complicated but stable" for now.

He reported that pro-Russian insurgents had taken on "reinforcements", in televised comments at the start of a cabinet meeting.

"We observe their movements, we know where they are and we expect unpredictable actions from them.

"His comments came amid fears that eastern Ukraine could be set to tip back into all-out violence despite a shaky ceasefire deal signed in September.

© 2014 AFP

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