Donetsk rebel leader says Ukraine to start “provocative actions” on 8 May

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(Interfax – Donetsk, Ukraine, May 6, 2015)

The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR], Oleksandr [Aleksandr] Zakharchenko, expects that provocative actions against the DPR by the Ukrainian side may begin on 8 May.

“According to intelligence reports, provocative actions on the part of Ukraine will begin on 8 May. We have received intelligence reports that for this purpose, Ukraine has sent in special groups,” Zakharchenko told reporters on Wednesday, 6 May.

In this regard, he said that the DPR militia are ready for defence.

“We have everything we need to liberate our land and the occupied territories, but we hope that we will peacefully force Ukraine to return our land,” Zakharchenko said.

“Poroshenko mistakes his wishes for reality. We have turned against that part of Kiev that overthrew the legitimate government by military ways. Ukraine will sooner become part of the DPR.”