Ukraine army prepares for possible rebel offensive: defense chief

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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."

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