Kiev accused Russian officers from the coordinating center to help DND

About suspicions in the address of the officers of SCCC at a briefing in Kiev was declared by the head of SBU Vasiliy Gritsak. The official presented to the journalists a presentation that was given, supposedly confirming the guilt of the Russian officers. According to him, during the inspection of personal belongings of military on the checkpoint “Goptovka” in the Kharkiv region they had discovered materials “confirming the assistance of DNR and LNR”.

Hrytsak argues that the officers found the lectures on the combat use of tank units, devices to undermine bridges, tutorials for training on the use of multiple launch rocket systems “Smerch”, “Uragan”, “Grad”.

The Russian officers were found military chevrons and flags of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, Novorossia promoting merchandise and stamped originals of extracts from the decree of the Minister of defence of DNR “On awarding the soldiers and commanders of the armed Forces of the Donetsk people’s Republic, who have shown special valour” and the medal “Warrior — internationalist”.

Among the accused calls the SBU Deputy head of the Russian side in SCCC Colonel Igor Kirsanov, officer-observer Alexander Andrushkina, officer interactions of Colonel Edward Anisimov.

In the LPR application Hrytsak called “unfounded accusations”. The authorized representative of the Luhansk national Republic Vladislav Danego said to “Interfax” that SCCC does not practice tactics and strategies. “This is absurd,” he said.

Deputy defense Minister of the Donetsk national Republic Eduard Bacurin called the statement Hrytsak “complete nonsense”. In comments to the Agency “RIA Novosti” briefing by the head of the SBU he called an attempt to discredit Russia before the meeting in “Norman format” in Minsk.

About detention of the Russian officers SCCC 2-3 February at the Ukrainian border on the eve of the official representative of the MFA of Russia Maria Zakharova. According to her, employees of power structures of Ukraine for 16 hours was carried out “ugly inspection” 73 officers. According to Zakharova, the Ukrainian security officers during the inspection confiscated two laptops and a hard drive. The reason for such actions they are not explained. “But all this behavior, confiscation suggest that there may be some further provocations,” she said.

SCCC was founded in September 2014 after the start of the Minsk negotiation process. The center includes military observers: they are responsible for monitoring, fixing and suppression of violations of the ceasefire regime on the demarcation line in the Donbas. SCCC positions are located in Donetsk airport, Avdiivka and Shirokino. Representatives of the center are also working with supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.