: Ukraine gears up for possible Russian provocations on May 9

14:18 May. 6, 2016

Ukraine gears up for possible Russian provocations on May 9

A military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in WWII is held in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, May 9, 2015 (AP photo)

Ukrainian intelligence warns Russian-backed separatist forces plot attacks against both military and civilians

Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and their proxies in Donbas are plotting provocations in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone in eastern Ukraine on May 9. The representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Vadym Skibitsky warned about this on May 6.

"We do not exclude the possibility of provocative operations. The high activity of Russian-backed sabotage-reconnaissance groups near the contact line comes as another proof of this," Skibitsky said at a briefing in Kyiv.

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On Thursday Ukrainian non-governmental project ‘Information Resistance' also reported that militants are planning massive provocations and dressing up in Ukrainian uniforms.

The latest ceasefire, agreed for the holiday period, is not holding as well. In the past 24 hours the Russian-backed separatist forces attacked Ukrainian positions 11 times, using weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements.

Read also Holidays in Donbas: heavy shooting in Donetsk and Luhansk regions


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