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KIEV, April 30. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that no large-scale military operation is planned in Donbas any time soon.
"Everyone is working on launching de-escalation and ensuring a complete ceasefire," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador-at-Large Dmitry Kuleba told a news conference on Thursday.
When asked whether a large military operation similar to the one in Debaltsevo was possible, he answered, "It’s highly unlikely." Kuleba admitted though that some "minor provocations" were possible in the short term.
Meanwhile, defence spokesman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said on Wednesday citing human intelligence data that the Ukrainian army was planning large-scale provocations for May 8 and 9, including the shelling of populated localities from heavy artillery systems.
"I said on numerous occasions that we continued to receive information on Ukrainian military buildup along the entire line of contact," he said, pointing to the deployment of seven mobile task groups reinforced with batteries of the Grad multiple rocket launchers.
"But now I’m referring to the use heavy artillery and jet propulsion systems with considerable destructive potential that could lead to mass civilian casualties," Basurin noted.
According to him, facts have been revealed when Ukrainian service members in their conversations with the local population strongly recommend them to leave the settlements of Novoluganskoye and Staromikhailovka as of May 7.