Commanding general of United States Army Europe visited war zone in Donbas


The commander of the United States Army Europe, Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges visited the front line of the “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO) in the Donbas.

U.S. military delegation led by Hodges arrived at the location of the tactical group “Mariupol”. The guests met with the head of ATO in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions General Ruslan Homchak, the head of the Ukrainian group in the Joint centre for control and coordination of the cease-fire General Boris Kremenetsky, the high command of Ukrainian troops, and representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

At the meeting, the Americans were presented with “specific facts of permanent blatant violation of the Minsk agreements by the Russian-terrorist forces,” as well as “evidence of their crimes against the local population.” The Ukrainian side also said that Russia is deliberately destroying the Donbas, and using it as a testing ground for new weapons and equipment, using them against the local population and the Ukrainian military.

During his visit to the front line, Frederick Ben Hodges visited wounded Ukrainian soldiers. He promised to them that U.S. forces will continue to support the Ukrainian army.

As Ruposters reported, the renewed U.S. military strategy in Europe was adopted earlier this year. According to the document, deterring aggression from Russia was recognized the priority of the European Command of the U.S. armed forces.