On May 19th, the head of the Luhansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasenchik issued an emergency statement.
In the statement, Pasenchik urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to stop his troops from violating the ceasefire, otherwise the troops of the LPR would begin active operations against the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“As a result of the shelling carried out by the armed forces of Ukraine on May 16th, the Mikhaylovka-Kommunarskaya power transmission line was damaged, which fed infrastructure facilities critical to the LPR, a number of social facilities, as well as a residential sector. A day later, on May 17th, in spite of the security guarantees provided, Ukraine fired on the repair team twice, they were working to eliminate the consequences of the shelling, and the OSCE SMM patrol, which monitored the work. This shelling suspended any security guarantees.
Similar attacks on civilians of the LPR and civilian infrastructure by the Ukrainian military have recently become regular. This is a deliberate provocation and action with a clear goal – to destroy the critical infrastructure of our Republic that is necessary for the livelihoods of our population. And in this action Ukraine has already achieved certain results, causing serious interruptions in the electricity and water supply of Lugansk, which threaten us with a humanitarian catastrophe.
And this happens against the background when representatives of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group invariably declare their commitment to a comprehensive ceasefire.
In this regard, I want to appeal to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky with an urgent request to take measures to stop the unprovoked shelling of our territory, while providing appropriate security guarantees for repair work on critical civilian infrastructure. If such actions continue on the part of the EFU, you, Vladimir Alexandrovich, will leave us no choice but to take effective and decisive measures to move the line of contact from the specified power line. In a similar way, we will be forced to act while continuing shelling of civilians and other critical life-support facilities. For this purpose, I have already given relevant instructions on putting the units of the People’s Police on alert.
In order to avoid escalation of the conflict, I also want to appeal to the OSCE, the Russian Federation, Germany and France with a request to “help” Ukraine to take the necessary decisions to ensure a real cease-fire for the period until a full political settlement of the conflict.”
As such, it would appear that this escalation is taking place when information is being released showing that the United States is, essentially, pulling the strings on Ukraine, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Co. were pillaging the country.
A further escalation could be likely, potentially attempting to point towards the “real culprit” for Ukraine’s issues and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine: “Russian Aggression.”
It should be reminded that just days earlier the Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled civilians, injuring several children, both in the LPR and DPR.
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