The sudden and dramatic deterioration of a situation on the line of contact shows that Kiev is ready to carry out even bigger provocations despite truce established in Minsk.
The AFU made several attempts to attack the positions of our Armed Forces last week, using military hardware and large-caliber weapons. As a result, civilians residing near the front line were injured: there were casualties. Humanitarian and ecological situation is under threat because of the shelling of the Donetsk water filtration plan and an accident happened there. Besides that, a civilian was killed by the AFU’s shelling in Zaitsevo, on the northern outskirts of Gorlovka. All these events were planned by the Ukrainian Command to provoke response of the Republic and record alleged violation in the reports of international observers.
According to so-called “Reintegration” law, Kiev now has a legal justification of all crimes committed against the Republics of Donbass. However, in my opinion, it is foolish to hope that we will not allow them to “reintegrate” ourselves and let the actions of nationalists go unpunished. Any attempt of the AFU to advance will be repelled. We have forces and resources to defend our cities.
Sergey Zavdoveyev, the DPR People’s Council deputy