Govt approves order for use of weapons, hardware in ATO in peacetime

Govt approves order for use of weapons, hardware in ATO in peacetime

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The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the order for the use of weapons and military hardware by formations, military units and subdivisions units of the Armed Forces during the fulfillment of tasks in the area of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in peacetime.

The relevant resolution, No. 68 of February 14, has been published on the government website.

It notes that the order outlines the procedure, tasks, principles of the use of weapons and military hardware by servicemen, formations, military units and subdivisions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces during the fulfillment of their tasks in the ATO area in peacetime in accordance with the requirements of international law and taking into account the practice of the ATO in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

According to the document, formations, military units and subdivisions of the Armed Forces in the ATO area have the right to use weapons and/or military hardware to repel an attack or prevent the threat of attack on protected facilities; prevent and/or terminate a terrorist act or terrorist activity; release hostages; destroy weapons, military hardware, transport or technical means used by terrorists; protect civilians and civilian facilities from attack.

In addition, Armed Forces units have the right to use weapons and military hardware for the detention, disarmament or elimination of persons who have committed and/or plan to commit a terrorist act; the cessation of actions by individuals who violate the regime in the ATO area and which are or may be dangerous, and in other cases specified by the orders of the head of the operational headquarters.

The order also determines that lethal use of weapons and/or military hardware is permitted for self-defense, as well as for the purpose of performing tasks assigned to military personnel, units, military units and subdivisions of the Armed Forces during the ATO.

The document states that the decision on the use of weapons and/or military hardware while performing tasks in the ATO area or self-defense is made, taking into account the situation, by the commanders of the formations, military units and subdivisions of the Armed Forces in accordance with the requirements of the order and decrees by the head of the operational headquarters.

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