MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Ukrainian saboteurs have become more active in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), however the situation in the republic is fully under control, LPR Militia Spokesman Ivan Filiponenko said on Monday.
"Since the cold weather has set it, the enemy has been sending more sabotage and reconnaissance groups in," he told the Rossiya-24 TV channel. "The fact that the line of engagement was built quite long ago and is well-established has enabled the timely detection and prevention of any potential attempt by such groups to penetrate into the republic though. <...> The situation is fully under control," he assured.
On December 21, 2022, the region’s law enforcement agencies told TASS that Russia’s special services had unearthed a cache belonging to the so-called nationalist formation Kraken in the LPR. The weapons found there were meant for use in sabotage operations in the republic.
Late on January 7, an explosion and ensuing fire was reported at a main gas pipeline in Lutugino in the LPR. According to the local administration, about 13,000 consumers and over 20 social facilities were left without gas. The LPR’s State Security Ministry has opened a criminal probe into this sabotage attack. A day later, the republic’s Interior Ministry said the gas pipeline blast was equivalent to some 500g of TNT.