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Ukrainian saboteurs preparing provocations — DPR Defense Ministry spokesman

April 01, 2015, 21:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The document obtained by DPR's intelligence specifies that special-purpose motorized groups should open fire on socially important facilities and areas where people gather

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MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has data on subversive groups who, under the guise of militiamen, will stage provocations and open fire on Ukrainian positions, DPR Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said Wednesday.

"Our intelligence service has obtained a document confirming these plans. This is an electronic version of the Plan of special operation in sector B obtained by our agent. The document has been signed and is effective now," Basurin said.

He cited a few excerpts from the document, which in particular say that "the key efforts during the special operation are focused on discrediting the governing bodies of the terrorist organization ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and convincing the population of Donetsk that ‘separatists’ are unable to ensure security in the city."

The document specifies that special-purpose motorized groups should "open fire on socially important facilities and areas where people gather."

Basurin said that up to 35 sabotage and reconnaissance groups, 3-8 people each, have been redeployed to the areas in the vicinity of Shirokino and Donetsk.

"To counter these sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy, the republic’s security bodies’ units are taking measures to reveal and block their activity," he said.

Participants of the Trilateral Contact Group on east Ukrainian settlement comprising representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held regular talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 10-12. Normandy Four leaders also discussed the Ukrainian issue in Minsk.

A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements was adopted at those talks.

The package in particular included an agreement on cessation of fire from February 15, 2015, withdrawal of heavy armaments, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, including enforcement of a special self-rule status for certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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