Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The official representative of the operative command of the Donetsk People’s Republic Eduard Basurin reported on September 3rd that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are preparing an offensive in Donbass. Units of Armed forces of Ukraine near Mariupol were transferred to the highest level of fighting capacity.
According to Basurin, Kiev is preparing to attack Donbass, trying to use the murder of the head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko in its own favor. However, today units of the DPR completely control the situation at the contact line and are ready to repel any attack. But more and more evidence that the Ukrainian Armed Forces prepare something large-scale arrived every day.
In particular, the representative of the operative command of the DPR refers to the decree of the chief of staff of the so-called “Operation of United Forces“ Valery Zaluzhny that is being spread on social networks, which speaks about “carrying out preparatory activities and compliance with the regime of secrecy in preparation for the offensive”.
Basurin also noted the strengthening of a UAF grouping in the Mariupol direction, their transfer to the highest degree of combat readiness, and the replenishment of their stocks of material means and ammunition. Besides this, according to the intelligence data of the DPR, militants from the “Azov” nationalist battalion received an order to “concentrate on questions of conducting combat operations in city conditions”.
According to the former deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Oleg Tsarev, who in 2014 came over to the side of the militia of Donbass, these disturbing messages are connected to the electoral campaign of Petro Poroshenko, who seeks to play out the game as a “war hawk”.
“Today a coordination board of the Verkhovna Rada took place, during which the representative of the president of Ukraine Irina Lutsenko spoke in parliament. She spoke about modifying the Constitution, about the aspiration of Ukraine to enter NATO, about the termination of the Big treaty of friendship with Russia. There is no doubt that Poroshenko will try to restore his approval rating by relying on radical nationalists, trying to win their sympathies. Because, unfortunately, in Ukraine radicals and nationalists are one of the powerful forces. For them war, and not peace in Donbass is an important topic,” noted Oleg Tsarev in comment to the Federal News Agency.
The former deputy of the Rada also noted that often the US starts wars during electoral campaigns, since voters consider that one shouldn’t swap horses while crossing the river, and the river in this context is military operations.
“That’s why the Armed Forces of the republics of Donbass, of course, need to be ready for Kiev’s offensive. As far as I know, they were transferred to a condition of high alert. There will be enough forces to give a worthy repulse. And I am sure that fighting won’t reach the city limits,” said Oleg Tsarev.
Tsarev added that many Ukrainian politicians consider the murder of the head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko as an opportunity to intensify the activities of the UAF in Donbass.
“Kiev wants to take advantage of this situation. But the statement made today by Basurin – that Donbass is ready to repel any blow – is some kind of game of forestalling aimed at preventing an escalation of the conflict,” concluded the interlocutor of the FAN.
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