The tense situation around Ukraine was exacerbated by the ORDLO. The ensuing series of explosions, shelling and provocative actions of the DPR/LPR authorities resumed the protracted conflict in the South-East of this country.
First, on the territory controlled by the DPR, it was announced the elimination of Ukrainian saboteurs who were allegedly preparing an explosion at a chemical enterprise.
This was followed by an explosion near the administration building in Donetsk, a UAZ military vehicle allegedly belonging to the head of the DPR People’s Militia exploded.
However, earlier the car with the license plates of the DPR ‘DK0101’, owned by the head of the People’s Militia, was a completely different model. This drew the attention of journalists:
Back in the summer, the license plates DK0101, which were on the exploded old UAZ of the head of the “dpr people’s militia”, stood on a newer car, said Anton Pustovalov, a journalist of Mediazona. Apparently, it became a pity, they decided to sacrifice something simpler.
The head of the DPR announced the evacuation of the civilian population, and men aged 18 to 55 years are forbidden to leave the territory of the self-proclaimed republic. This was followed by a general mobilization.
On the night of 18/19, another explosion occurred. A gas station exploded on the territory of the LPR.
The cause of the explosion is called sabotage by Ukraine. The authorities of the DPR and LPR accuse Ukraine of starting hostilities. At the same time, the Ukrainian side declares its non-involvement in a series of terrorist attacks.
The settlement of the conflict in the Donbas, according to President Zelensky, is possible only through diplomatic negotiations.
Secretary of the Security Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that they are trying to provoke Ukraine:
There are no plans to liberate Donbass by military means.
Ukraine is taking diplomatic steps to resolve the conflict.
At this time, the first buses with refugees from the DPR / LPR had already arrived in the Rostov region of Russia. Russian authorities said each refugee would be paid 10,000 rubles ($129).
Refugees are accommodated in children’s camps and boarding houses.
US President Biden made a speech in which he accused Russia of preparing for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Users of social networks discovered that the videos with the statements of the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin and the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik about the beginning of the evacuation, published on February 18, were recorded two days earlier, on February 16, which undoubtedly indicates a pre-planned provocation aimed at inciting the conflict.
There is no doubt that the provocation against Ukraine was prepared in advance.