Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine thinks that the inner conflict between the leaders in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) is also the conflict between the Russian special services. He claimed this at the briefing broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
‘It is not only the inner conflict but also the conflict between the particular Russian special services. It clearly shows that Russia rules everything and it is one more argument for the world community but we, of course, take into account that there can be the provocation and deliberate attacks, the threat for the civilians, Ukrainian citizens who live there despite the occupation’, he said.
Klimkin also added that the situation in LPR can be used to limit the sphere of activity of the OSCE SMM and manipulation with the arms.
‘I talked to the numbers of the partners, OSCE and the EU and we should provide the safety of the OSCE SMM because this situation can be used to limit the sphere of activity for the SMM and manipulation with the arms. We observe the situation and some decision will not be made public. They concern the War Cabinet. We discussed the variants, the representatives of the special services reported to the president on the situation and we modeled the situation’, he added.
People in the military uniform with the automatic rifles and armored infantry vehicle blocked the center of occupied Luhansk on November 21. According to the separatists, these people were not the members of the illegal militants’ formations of occupied Donbas. Later the separatist websites published the official statement of Ihor Kornet, the so-called Interior Minister of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) where he claimed that they detained the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group.
Earlier the mass media reported that Ihor Plotnytsky, the leader of the LPR retired Ihor Kornet, the Interior Minister. However, Kornet refused to obey this order and it was also reported that Kornet barricaded himself in the building of the Interior Ministry.
Given the unstable situation in Luhansk, President Petro Poroshenko called the urgent session of the National Security and Defence Council. ‘The Ukrainian Armed Forces are ready for any scenario and ready to protect peaceful civilians – in the view of the growing number of Russian troops and the recent activity of pro-Kremlin mercenaries,’ he said.
Later the OSCE reported that they recorded a column of military equipment first noticed near Debaltseve, Donetsk region, and then, in OSCE’s opinion, it is likely that the same column was heading towards Luhansk.