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Russian defence minister orders "units in all areas" to step up Ukraine operations

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* This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine.

MOSCOW, July 16 (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered Russian military units operating in all areas of Ukraine to step up their operations in order to prevent strikes on eastern Ukraine and other territories controlled by Russia, the ministry said in a statement on its website on Saturday.

It said Shoigu "gave the necessary instructions to further increase the actions of groups in all operational areas in order to exclude the possibility of the Kyiv regime launching massive rocket and artillery strikes on civilian infrastructure and residents of settlements in Donbas and other regions". (Reporting by Reuters;)