Donbas showdown: New wave of internal purge: mass arrests of militants in Donetsk and Horlivka

16:47 Nov. 2, 2016

New wave of internal purge: mass arrests of militants in Donetsk and Horlivka

Militants with Russian insignia on the streets of Donetsk (by TSN)

Militant 'police' chiefs arrested under the pretext of Motorola's murder investigation

Numerous sources report mass arrests of militant chiefs and regular members of so-called ‘DPR' force structures in Donetsk region. Today such detaining of ‘DPR police' chiefs noted in militant-held town of Horlivka.

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Ukrainian journalist from the town of Horlivka in Donetsk region Oleksandr Bilinsky revealed the details.

"In Horlivka today again those who got too wealthy in these past two years were cleansed. The search revealed a lot of weapons, money and fake documents possessed by the chief of ‘traffic police' Dmitry Tuva. He is responsible for trafficking to Rostov stolen cargo trucks, left by businessmen who fled to other cities of Ukraine. Chief of driving licenses office Denis Nemytkin is in intensive care, after a ‘conversation' with "DPR MGB" (‘state security ministry' of ‘DPR' – UT) his lungs failed. I remember before the war you could ‘solve' any question with him, he was ‘a purse' of this office," journalist wrote on Facebook.

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Ukrainian MP and coordinator of ‘Information Resistance' volunteer group Dmytro Tymchuk gave a wider picture of situation.

"'DPR MGB' carries out large-scale detention of ‘DPR police' staff. It has been said these are suspects involved in the liquidation of the commander of ‘Sparta' gang, ‘Motorola'. There are rumours spreading among the employees of ‘DPR interior ministry' that the detentions were carried out on the direct orders of the ‘DPR' leader Zakharchenko, who uses the elimination of ‘Motorola' to eliminate undesirable elements from the ministry like Plotnitsky did in ‘LPR' (the last one under the pretext of ‘combating the consequences of the coup attempt' conducts mass purges in the ‘state institutions of LPR'"), Tymchuk explained

"This is what happens to traitors. They become expendable for their own henchmen," Oleksandr Bilinsky summarized. 

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