DONETSK, Novorusiya – The People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) reported on the concentration of more than 12,000 Ukrainian security forces and 90 units of military equipment in the south of the Donetsk region.
According to the information, in the opinion of the leadership of the RPD, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will start the attack on December 14.
Evidence was obtained on the preparation of an offensive in the region of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Ukrainian military, according to the deputy commander of the RPD People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin, aiming at conquering the regions of Novoazovsk and Telmanovo on the border with Russia.
“The offensive grouping of enemy attack that has been formed, totaling more than 12,000 troops, is concentrated along the line of contact in the area of the following settlements: Novotroitskoe, Shyrokino and Rovnopol [settlements in the south of the Donetsk region controlled by the more than 50 tanks, 40 multiple rocket launchers and 180 artillery and mortar shells],” said Basurin.
Basurin said the offensive is scheduled to start on the morning of December 14, after an artillery barrage, with the advance of sub-units of Brigades 128 and 79 in the direction of Klinkino village, aiming to reach the DPR border on the 15th of December.
He added that the offensive could begin with a provocation organized by security forces at a metallurgical plant in Mariupol where there is a significant reserve of ammonia.
“Part of Mariupol, with a population of about 50,000 people, would be in the contamination zone,” explained Basurin.
The conflict in Donbass began in 2014 when Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which refused to recognize the new government of Kiev. The sides of the conflict later agreed to stop hostilities in the region through a truce agreement, but the situation remains tense with mutual accusations of cease-fire violations.