The pro-independence militia of the self-proclaimed republic of Lugansk has information on the arrival of foreign mercenaries to fight against the Donbass on the side of Ukrainian military, the official representative of the republic’s defense authority Andrei Marochko said on Friday.
“According to our data, this week in Popasnaya, in the area of responsibility of the 14th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, came 20 mercenaries who spoke the Georgian and Polish languages,” said Marochko.
In 2014, the Ukrainian authorities began a military operation against the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which declared their independence after the fascist coup that took place in Ukraine in 2014. According to the latest UN estimates, military actions in Donbass resulted in the death of more than 10,000 people.
In February 2015, the parties to the conflict signed the Minsk peace agreements to end the fighting in the region, but the situation remains tense, with both parties accusing each other of breaches of the cease-fire.
It is unlikely that there will be a worsening situation in Donbass after the directive of the Ukrainian president, Pyotr Poroshenko, to open fire, because this requires a “nod” from Washington, believes a specialist that was consulted.
“It’s a pre-election rhetoric on his part, there will be no aggravation at all without a nod from Washington’s patrons, while they, as you’ve noticed, are unwilling to do so. There will be no real offensive,” Sergei Panteleev, director of the Russian Foreign Institute said during a discussion on the subject.
In the opinion of the expert, the Ukrainian security forces, except the “punitive battalions”, are not very anxious to attack.
Meanwhile, Poroshenko has been trying to increase his popularity through declarations of warlike character, he explained. This is especially important as he believes this persona will allow for him to be elected in next year’s presidential election.