“DNR” will shell schools on September 1 and ask for Russian “peacekeepers” — Ukrainian defense official

A member of the "DNR" unit of Russia's hybrid army in Ukraine in front of the unit's flag

A member of the "DNR" unit of Russia's hybrid army in Ukraine in front of the unit's flag 

War in the Donbas

Translated by: A. N.

The “DNR” unit of the Russian hybrid military has planned provocative actions for September 1: to fire on schools and other educational institutions in the region and to falsely accuse Ukrainian military.

Andriy Lysenko

Andriy Lysenko

Andriy Lysenko, the defense spokesman for the Administration of the Ukrainian President stated this in a press briefing.

“The ‘DNR’ criminal organization has developed a plan of provocative actions for 1 September [September 1 is the traditional First Day of School in Ukraine – Ed.] . This is a cynical crime – to shell schools and other educational institutions in the region and to falsely accuse Ukrainian forces,” – he said.

“They are planning to use this provocation as a pretext for a request to the Russian Federation for an open and formal introduction of the so-called “peacekeeping forces”- said Lysenko.

The speaker of the Presidential Administration urged all to be vigilant, especially – the inhabitants of the East.

As is known, in the course of an telephone conversation earlier today between French President Hollande, German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President Putin a comprehensive ceasefire was agreed on, starting on September 1.

Leaders of the three countries also noted the key role of the OSCE in solving the conflict in the east of Ukraine, as well as the need for removal of heavy weapons from the line of contact and reminded that the process of withdrawal of heavy weapons and weapons of the caliber less than 100 mm should be completed as quickly as possible.

Translated by: A. N.

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