January 22, 2015

Retreat does not mean separatists can now use airport, says defense expert

The pullback of Ukrainian forces from the Donetsk airport does not mean the separatists can restore and begin to use the airport, says Martin Hurt, the deputy head of the International Center for Defense and Security in Tallinn.

The pullback of Ukrainian forces from the Donetsk airport does not mean the separatists can restore and begin to use the airport, says Martin Hurt, the deputy head of the International Center for Defense and Security in Tallinn.

“The ceasefire was officially signed in the fall, but there have not been many casualty-free days. It that sense the ceasefire has only existed on paper,” he told ETV, adding that the situation now has escalated.

“As long as the airport is within the range of Ukrainian artillery, it will be very hard to utilize it,” Hurt said.
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