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Ukraine's Donetsk republic says it has information on Kiev's plans to encircle Donetsk
The Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has information that the Ukrainian armed forces are preparing an offensive in the Donetsk Region in east Ukraine, ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Thursday.
"Information has been received about the plan of forthcoming actions by the Ukrainian army from a source in the Ukrainian General Staff and, no matter how strange this may seem, there are still true officers there who do not want to fight against their own people," Basurin said at a briefing in the press center of the Donetsk News Agency.
According to Basurin, the Ukrainian military will launch an offensive in the Mariupol and Debaltsevo directions after "artillery shelling of the DPR's positions."
"Kiev plans to deliver two converging blows in the direction of the settlement of Uspenka to defeat the DPR and advance to the border with Russia and subsequently prevent civilians from reaching the Russian territory," Basurin said.
"Along with this, two groupings [of Kiev's forces] are intended to launch an offensive in the Donetsk direction north and south of Donetsk towards Ilovaisk, close the circle around the republic's capital and encircle the city," the spokesman said.
In the Luhansk direction, Kiev's forces are planning to hold separate combat operations against the militia of the Luhansk People's Republic to prevent their redeployment to provide support to the DPR, the spokesman said.
"Further on, active offensive operations will be launched in the Luhansk direction with the aim to advance to the border with Russia," Basurin said.
According to the DPR Defense Ministry, Kiev hopes this blitzkrieg will help it crush the militia and destroy the Donbass republics.
"At the same time, it would be nice to remind these 'wise guys' in the Ukrainian General Staff that the attempts to carry through such 'Napoleon plans' were made before but all this ended in the encirclement of the Ukrainian troops near Izvarino and Ilovaisk where a great number of Ukrainian soldiers died," the DRP Defense Ministry spokesman said.
Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people have fled Ukraine's embattled east as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions during Kiev's military operation, launched in mid-April 2014 to regain control over parts of the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.
[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 20Aug15]
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