The Armed Forces of Ukraine are capable of deterring the militant and Russian forces and improve its position as there’s confrontation between “Luhansk People’s Republic” leaders, as Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, told journalists today.
“Over 24 hours, we have five soldiers killed in actions. It’s a very serious issue for us. You know that we had a military committee, where we analyzed the situation (in the “LPR” – 112.int) and came to the conclusion that an escalation will occur due to the increase of Russian military presence in the occupied territory. But the Armed Forces of Ukraine control the situation and I am sure, that we will not only deter the provocations of the Russian military, but will improve our positions,” he said.
Over the past few days, an open conflict between two “LPR” officials broke out, Head of the “Republic” Igor Plotnytsky and Igor Kornet, the Interior Minister. Due to these confrontations, 30 military vehicles and 150 armed people were spotted in the city center of Luhansk by OSCE observers. Plotnytsky himself fled the republic and went to Moscow yesterday.
Before that, Citizens of Luhansk posted pictures of well-armed men without insignia in the downtown Luhansk. The ‘guests’ arrived and occupied the city centre so fast many locals did not even understand what was going on. Some even assumed these could be the disguised ‘Ukrainian troops’. They also posted photos of Russian tanks that came into the city the same day.
The OSCE observers also reported spotting a column of military equipment first noticed near Debaltseve, Donetsk region, which was likely heading towards Luhansk.