The closer to the next meeting in the Normandy format, the more often representatives of DND and LNR accused Kiev in an attempt to deploy a new offensive in the breakaway Republic. The experts told us about the chain of events.
On Thursday the head of DND Alexander Zakharchenko said that Kiev attacked the positions of militia aviation. According to him, a helicopter fell on them on October 12, but was hit by counter fire and crashed on Ukrainian territory. The ATO spokesman Victor Subic said that nothing like this could happen, as security forces use transport aircraft only and then only in cases where it is necessary to evacuate the wounded.
Since the beginning of the week this is not the first news that the DNR is trying to discredit their opponents. Most of all in this field the distinguished representative of the defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Republic Eduard Bacurin. For example, according to him, October 12 in the villages, the village of Kominternovo and Lenin militia attacked the mercenaries from Poland and Georgia. In the result of fierce fighting 15 foreigners were killed and 25 injured, but the APU is 150 hirelings. In addition Kiev is pulled up to the line of contact of four anti-aircraft missile complex “Buk-M1”, 10 SAU “Carnation”, 30 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers and 5 trucks with ammunition, says Bacurin.
“MK” has found out from experts why the militia make such statements.
– To date, none of the parties to the conflict is not favorable for the apparent failure of the Minsk agreements and the Normandy format, but to implement the agreement, too, no one is going. So between Kiev, DND and LNR there is an information war, in particular, the parties blame each other in the contraction of the front line for more weapons and mercenaries. However, their objective is to freeze the conflict and the negotiation process itself, where do they go the last two years.
In the end, if we assume that the Minsk agreement will be implemented in the form in which they are now, that is DNI and LC will be part of Ukraine, but will retain the widest possible autonomy, in the end, lose both sides of the conflict. A significant part of Ukrainian society considers the threat of the militias puppets of the Kremlin, and in the self-proclaimed republics have formed their political leaders and institutions who do not see themselves within Ukraine. That is why the negotiation process will be frozen.
Denis DENISOV, the head of the Ukrainian branch of the CIS Institute:
– Ukraine does not want to fulfill the political part of Minsk agreements, so it most likely will not participate in the meeting in the “Normandy format” on 19 October, where its going to ask for a speedy reform of the Constitution and holding local elections in Donbas. After the failure she would have to prove that the DNI and LC do not respect the truce, and this requires the escalation of the conflict, so now Kiev pulls to the line of contact additional artillery, armored vehicles and mercenaries. In turn, the Donetsk and Luhansk are ready to perform the Minsk agreement in full, to become part of Ukraine, but this requires that Kiev agreed with them necessary laws, and it does not and not even going, according to members of his ruling elite.