Internal tensions are growing in the self-proclaimed republics in the region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
On November 21, some “unknown” armed men took control over the city center of Lugansk, the capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). According to to local sources, these fighters are members of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) military.
It is not clear how much DPR troops were deployed. However, at least one military column of the supposed DPR forces was filmed.
Observers link the ongoing tensions with an attempt of the LPR’s head Igor Plotnitsky to dismiss LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet under a pretext of opening a criminal case against him.
The LPR Interior Ministry ignored this decision and accused some persons linked to the Ukrainian oligarchs and special services of staging the fake coup in the republic in September 2016. The ministry’s accusations were aimed against Plotnitsky’s circle, but the ministry said nothing against the LPR head himself.
It looks like the LPR Interior Ministry has a support from the DPR in its move. Meanwhile, LPR military forces don’t participate in the standoff.
An alleged DPR military column is entering Lugansk:
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