December 20th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– RIA Novosti – translated by J. Flores –
The Ministry of Defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic fears a possible attack by the Ukrainian enforces in the area of Debaltsevo, the representative of the ministry told reporters on Tuesday.
Earlier, the People’s self-proclaimed LPR (Lugansk People’s Republic) police reported that Ukrainian security forces tried to break the line of defense from the Debaltsevo direction, leading to a battle between them (read more here — ). On Monday, the LPR claimed that the security forces continued to try to break the defense of the militia at the same time in several areas. In Kiev, they consider that the responsibility for the escalation of the situation in the Donbass is the militias.
“According to information received from our sources in the armed forces of Ukraine, controlled by Svetlodarsk Mironovsky, started activities for the mass evacuation of the local population, motivated by the planned onset of Ukrainian enforcers in this direction”, – said the representative office.
The government of Ukraine in April 2014 launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN figures, victims of the conflict total more than 10 thousand people.
The question of resolving the situation in the Donbass was discussed, including during meetings of the contact group in Minsk, which since September 2014 has adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, even with the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, skirmishes continue.