Ukraine Intelligence: Russia-controlled forces in the Donbass increase combat readiness

“The command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation increases the combat readiness of the Russian occupation forces in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” the interview wrote in a press release. As it was added, on Monday, large command post exercises with the participation of the reserve, units of the force structures and the administration began there. According to Ukrainian intelligence, the exercises are controlled by Russia.

At the same time, the activation of the Russian propaganda media was observed “in order to” prepare further false materials that would discredit “Ukrainian forces,” the press release reads.

On Monday, the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, said that “Russia has increased the intensity of disinformation, including by wrongly accusing Ukraine of allegedly preparing for a military attack in Donbas.” He assured that Ukraine is not planning an offensive military operation in the east of the country.

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Earlier that day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Ukraine has “aggressive ideas” regarding Donbas. On Tuesday, Peskov announced that, according to Russia, Ukraine was preparing to resolve the problem of the separatist so-called people’s republics in the Donbass.

According to the head of the main intelligence board of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyryl Budanov, Russia has gathered over 92,000. soldiers at Ukrainian borders and is preparing to attack in late January or early February next year from several directions. According to him, such an attack would most likely include air raids, artillery and armored attacks as well as airborne attacks in the east, sea landings in Odessa and Mariupol, and a smaller incursion through Belarus.

The armed conflict in Donbas broke out after the victory of the pro-Western revolution in Kiev, which led to the overthrow of the then pro-Russian president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, at the beginning of 2014. In the spring of that year, the Russian-backed rebels proclaimed two self-proclaimed people’s republics in the Donbas.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that 13.2-13.4 thousand people died in connection with the conflict in Donbas. people. According to Kiev, about 14,000 people died as a result of the conflict. people.

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