The conflict in the Donbass is no longer frozen, it is actively escalating. This was stated by acting head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik.
According to him, a new wave of military and terrorist activity of the Kiev authorities “again takes the conflict into a hot stage.” In the region, the special services and the Armed Forces of Ukraine have stepped up their activities. He recalled shelling, which was being prepared for the celebration of the Victory Day, mortar shelling of the energy bridge under construction and bombardment of the unmanned vehicle at a checkpoint, which resulted in the loss of three police officers. Pasechnik stressed that the escalation of the conflict is carried out specifically to disrupt celebrations of Victory Day – Soviet victory over Fascism.
“Perhaps, these plans will lead to the victory of neo-Nazism in Ukraine, but we will celebrate our holiday on May 9, as it should be for the descendants of the winners and the price they paid for our freedom,” he concluded.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on the end of the anti-terrorist operation in the Donbass, which lasted more than four years. According to Kiev, the previous format of the operation has exhausted itself. Instead, the operation of the United forces of Ukraine began in the region. The military will guide the operation, not the SBU. NATO is involved in the training of Ukrainian forces and has supplied lethal weapons to the country most recently.
The military operation against the self-proclaimed LNR and the DPR, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine, began in April 2014. Victims of the conflict, according to the latest UN report, are more than 10 thousand people. Russia considers this a very low estimate.