MOSCOW, April 16. /TASS/. Ukraine’s authorities are getting ready for a new stage of military operation in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), its leader Alexander Zakharchenko said on Thursday.
"Our intelligence reports that Ukrainian military are increasing the number of troops along with the number of combat hardware along the disengagement line," the Donetsk news agency quoted Zakharchenko as saying. "Kiev is getting ready for a new stage of military operation in the DPR. We are set to repel any attack, including military one."
Mine clearing on the arable land of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) should be expedited, DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko said on Thursday.
"At present, a third of cultivated area remains mined. It is necessary to expedite the mine clearance," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Zakharchenko as saying.
DPR Acting Agribusiness and Food Minister Igor Savenko said a total of 35,000 hectares of arable land remained mined.
"The larger part of these lands — 10,000 hectares — is located in the Shakhtyorsk district. These are largely agricultural lands located in the direct vicinity of the places where combat operations took place," he said.
If the issue of mine clearance is resolved promptly, the DPR will be able to successfully carry out the sowing campaign, the minister said.
"As a result, the DPR will be able to provide itself with necessary food for a year," he said.