Situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense.
Despite the declared by the Ukrainian side observance of the cease-fire regime, for the past day, the enemy committed one occasion of the ceasefire violations. As I reported earlier, last night a military clash took place with the enemy's sabotage group in the vicinity of Sokolniki locality. None of the servicemen of the LPR People's Militia suffered.
During the investigation conducted by the security forces of the Lugansk People's Republic, one saboteur was wounded. A route along which a subversive and reconnaissance group managed to cross the contact line and withdraw to the territory controlled by Ukraine has been established. Investigative actions on the site of the night clash continue. I note that the Ukrainian media interpret this fight as supposedly staged. These statements were published almost immediately after my briefing at 10 a.m. By such actions, Ukraine further confirms its involvement in this incident.
I want to draw the attention of the Republic's residents and the media that recently the activity of the Ukrainian forces' subversive and reconnaissance groups has intensified on the Republic's territory. In this regard, I ask the citizens of the Republic to remain vigilant and to report all suspicious persons and objects to the appropriate security services.
I want to note that in connection with the low morale and psychological state of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as I have repeatedly stated, the observers of the OSCE SMM have been jeopardized.
So, on April 23, at the AFU checkpoint in Stary Aidar, two armed servicemen of the AFU stopped the Mission patrol and, demanded to get out of the car and provide documents certifying citizenship in an aggressive manner. Observers of the Mission recorded that both servicemen were in a state of intoxication.
In turn, the LPR People's Militia units continuously carry combat duty, conduct combat trainings to maintain high combat readiness. Preparations are also continuing for the Victory Day Parade on May 9.
We do not react to provocations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and strictly observe the "silence" regime introduced from April 1.
Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency