Donetsk, Oct 23 – DAN. The Ukrainian army has reinforced its positions on the south axis of the frontline with rocket artillery, said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin.

"On Mariupol axis, outside Khlebodarovka, a battery of rocket artillery of rocket artillery division BM-21 Grad of the 28th separate mechanized brigade has been revealed. A unit of first self-propelled howitzer artillery division of 28th separate mechanized brigade has been confirmed present outside Kalinino, armed with 2C1 122mm Gvozdika," he said.

The abovementioned equipment is located in 15km zone away from the contact line.

DPR intelligence reports Kiev’s regular deployment of military equipment to the conflict zone. Under The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements signed by the Contact Group on February 12, 2015, the sides have to withdraw their artillery systems of 100 mm caliber or more to a distance of 50 kilometers apart from each other, multiple launch rocket systems Tornado, Uragan and Smerch to a distance of 70 kilometers and Tactical Missile Systems Tochka to a distance of 140 kilometers. The Attachment to the Minsk Agreements signed in September provides for the parties’ withdrawal of their artillery systems of a caliber less than 100 mm, as well as tanks and mortars. Despite the accords, Ukraine regularly shells DPR areas.*ot