We have been expecting a resumption of hostilities in Donbass to occur before the end of summer. Poroshenko has spent huge sums on rearming his forces and the far right part of his junta, particularly Dmitry Yarosh and his Pravy Sektor party have been agitating for a renewed assault on Donbass.
Several weeks ago they stormed the parliament in Kiev to protest that Poroshenko must not allow the LPR and DPR to hold elections, insisting an attack must be made before they can hold elections in order to prevent them through force of arms. What is most concerning is that this regional conflict has massive potential to spread into a wider and far more destructive conflict – the spark that ignites a third world war in Europe.
Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, expects an offensive in the east of Ukraine after the Ukrainian authorities ordered to place troops on high combat alert on the border with Crimea and on the contact line with Donbass.
“Recently [Ukrainian President] Pyotr Poroshenko said he had instructed to place all units of the Ukrainian armed forces on the border with Crimea and Donbass on heightened combat alert,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Zakharchenko as saying.
“Such instructions signal Ukraine’s readiness to switch to active combat operations. At the same time, Kiev that has realized it has made a mistake with Crimea may start an offensive in Donbass to distract attention from the failed subversive act in Crimea,” the DPR head said.
In Zakharchenko’s opinion, Kiev will launch a combat operation precisely in Donbass as “it still hopes to overcome militia fighters with the use of military force.”
However, Donbass militias are ready to repulse an offensive, the DPR head said.
“We have said on many occasions that Ukraine has become a terrorist state. It will suffice to recall hundreds of terrorist acts, which Kiev has committed against our civilians. Now, after an attempt to commit a terrorist act in Crimea, i.e. against Russian civilians, the entire world has got convinced in that,” Zakharchenko said.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on August 10 that it had detained a group of saboteurs on the territory of Crimea and had also prevented terrorist acts on the peninsula prepared by the Main Intelligence Department of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
One FSB officer was killed during the operation to detain the terrorists. Later, a serviceman of Russia’s Defense Ministry was killed as the saboteurs made a second attempt of intrusion. The terrorist attacks were designed to target critical infrastructure and life support facilities of Crimea.
Twenty improvised explosive devices containing more than 40 kilograms of TNT equivalent, ammunition, fuses, antipersonnel and magnetic mines, grenades and the Ukrainian armed forces’ standard special weapons were found at the scene, the FSB said.
Russian President Putin called as silly and criminal the attempt of a subversive act by the Ukrainian special services in Crimea aimed at distracting attention from Ukraine’s internal problems and from the authorities robbing their people.
Ukraine’s President Poroshenko and the Foreign Ministry have rejected Moscow’s accusations, calling the alleged saboteurs’ detention a provocation.
Ukrainian President Poroshenko ordered on Thursday to put on full combat alert all units on the border with Crimea and on the contact line in Donbass.
His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.
His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.