Donetsk says Kiev seeks to 'discredit' pro-Russia forces
Iran Press TV
Sun Feb 8, 2015 10:52AM
Ukraine has been sending groups to the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) to frighten locals and discredit the armed forces of the two regions, the Donetsk information agency says.
"Ukraine's Security Service is using the tactics to discredit in the international arena not only DPR and LPR armed forces, but also the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which they claim to be participating in the military actions in Donbass," the agency said on Sunday.
Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the DPR Defense Ministry, said Kiev deployed more raiders to the self-declared republics amid failures by the Ukrainian military operations and recent losses.
"These groups have tasks not only to correct the firing, but also to frighten locals and to discredit DPR and LPR armed forces," said Basurin.
A day earlier, Basurin said four sabotage groups had been revealed and destroyed in the Donetsk region in 24 hours.
In addition, a group of twelve people wearing Russian military uniforms was eliminated on the night of February 1.
The government in Kiev and Western powers have repeatedly accused Moscow of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russia forces. Moscow, however, denies any involvement.
Russia's Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said on February 6 that the West's claims that thousands of Russian soldiers are present in eastern Ukraine are "pure fantasy."
Chizhov added that there has been no evidence proving such claims as no Russian troops have been captured, nor documents or ID seized, nor any imagery either from satellite or from the ground presented.
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