: Russians plan provocations against ATO forces, civilians Apr 4-9: Ukraine intel

19:54 Apr. 1, 2016

Russians plan provocations against ATO forces, civilians Apr 4-9: Ukraine intel

Russian-backed separatist forces practice near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo)

Simulation of Russian military drills expected near Ukrainian border

From April 4 to April 9, the command of the 2nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are planning provocative attacks on the Ukrainian army leading positions and civilians in the settlements close to the demarcation zone under the guise of military drills, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

"The plan is to carry out armed provocations against the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to accuse the Ukrainian side of violating Minsk agreements and the international humanitarian law. Provocations will be led by Commander of the 2nd Army Corps Armed Forces, Major-General Yevgeny Nikiforov," the report says.

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According to the collected intelligence, in order to divert the attention of the OSCE monitors, the occupation forces are planning to conduct simulation of military drills of the 2nd separate motorized rifle brigade (Luhansk) with the participation of the commander and mediators from among the commanders of units and formations near the villages of Shymshynivka and Uspenka.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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