The Operational Command of the Donetsk People's Republic is concerned that the Ukrainian troops plan to carry out provocations in the Donetsk region, including the shelling of its own territory near the Kiev-controlled near-front Lebedinskoye settlement (in the Mariupol direction).
The defense department said that, along with the mentioned mean provocation, the Ukrainian forces are preparing to shell the DPR positions in the south of the Republic.
"According to the data just received by our intelligence service, near Lebedinskoye (a Kiev-controlled settlement in the south of the Donetsk region – ed.) another provocation, intended to provoke back fire, is being prepared by the Ukrainian occupants, namely the 53rd separate motorized infantry brigade. For this purpose, the DPR Armed Forces' positions will be shelled with tanks," the Command's statement said.
The Operational Command does not exclude either that the Ukrainian forces can strike an untargeted blow at this area, so that the journalists filmed fabricated reports with accusations against the DPR People's Militia.
The Command noted in its statement that the AFU want to lay the blame for these actions on the DPR defenders, and recommended residents of neighbouring areas to stay close to shelters and preserve vigilance.
DONi News Agency