Ukraine army prepares for possible rebel offensive: defense chief

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 12, 2014 6:32 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian government forces are redeploying in preparation for a possible new offensive by pro-Russian separatists in eastern regions, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Wednesday.

"We are repositioning our armed forces to respond to the actions of the (rebel) fighters," Poltorak told a government meeting, at which he said the rebels had received reinforcements. "I see my main task is to prepare for military action."

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(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage)