DPR: Kiev planning Victory Day provocations, OSCE confirms violations

The OSCE data confirms that Kiev is preparing for provocations on Victory Day

The Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic continues to receive confirmation that Ukrainian security forces are planning a provocation on Victory Day, said the deputy commander of the Ministry of Defense Corps Edward Basurin, earlier today.

"Once again, we have evidence of the preparations for a large-scale provocation by the Ukrainian security services, who set a goal to disrupt the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War over Nazi invaders" - said Basurin.

He also added that: "The report of the special monitoring mission of the OSCE in Ukraine for April 22, on their official website, you can read the information, which states that north of the villages of Lugansk and Debaltseve, under the control of Ukrainian security services, local residents have been warned that they need to leave town until May 9 due to the possibility of renewed hostilities. This is confirmed by preparing a large-scale provocation and thorough training. "

Defense officials stressed that the DNR still insists on resolving the conflict peacefully and urges the international community to influence the Ukrainian authorities in Kiev to obey the Minsk agreement, and refrain from provocations.

Comment: You can read the OSCE's latest report, highlighting the violations, here. Even the OSCE - largely a European organization, and one not too keen to focus on the decidedly one-sided nature of ceasefire violations lest Russia come out looking like roses - can't keep the lid on Kiev and the volunteer battalions' gross violations of the Minsk agreements.