Due to the intensification of militant activity in occupied Luhansk, Ukrainian soldiers and reserve are on high alert, Ministry of Defence speaker on Donbas conflict Andriy Lysenko told in a briefing.
“Due to the military activity of occupants on the front line, our forces on the contact line are on permanent alert. Now we pay closer attention to the situation in Luhansk and on the outskirts of the city. I’ll address the issue on increasing alert at once: it is already high and can’t be increased any further,” he said.
Lysenko assured that in case the situation escalates, all the measures will be taken so that the enemy can’t push forward. He also refuted the information that tanks entered Luhansk.
“Information about tanks that came into the city wasn’t confirmed. The thing is, there’s already enough equipment in Luhansk and its outskirts. We are observing the situation, conducting surveillance, including air surveillance,” he noted.
As it was reported earlier, Russia-made armoured vehicles crossed the militant-held section of Ukraine’s state border and entered Luhansk; it took place in Krasnodon district of Luhansk region, where Ukraine’s border guards have no access to the borderline.
Users of social networks uploaded videos of Russian tanks on the city’s streets on Tuesday – the same day when well-armed masked fighters appeared in Luhansk. Later on, the OSCE observers reported spotting 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.