Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Statement of Natalia Nikonorova in connection with Kiev’s unprecedented provocations

03 February 2022
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Over the past few days, a number of aggressive actions have been carried out against the Donetsk People's Republic by Kiev.
Since January 28, not a single day has passed without a provocation from the Ukrainian side. There are reports of the mining of 17 places in Donetsk, Gorlovka and Makeevka, the detection of an improvised explosive device in the Kiev district administration of Donetsk, the spread of false threats of mining 400 buildings throughout almost the entire Republic’s territory, including schools and other educational institutions.
Technical experts have established Kiev's involvement in these incidents, which show that Ukrainian provocateurs do not hesitate to carry out their activities against tens of thousands of people, including the youngest residents. 
By endangering the lives and health of our children, these provocations’ organizers showed their cynical and inhumane attitude towards Donbass. And this is not to mention the fact that such aggression is flagrant violations not only of the Minsk agreements, but also of international law, in particular, the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Declaration on the Protection of Women and Children in Emergency Circumstances and During Armed Conflicts 1974, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, as well as many other documents.
In addition, due to the armed formations of Ukraine and their shelling, new tragic events occurred: an employee of the DPR People’s Militia was killed due to the release of an explosive device from a Ukrainian UAV, a civilian from Aleksandrovka was seriously ballistic wounded in the thigh by a Ukrainian sniper.
It also became known that the special services of Ukraine were preparing another sabotage in the area of Dokuchaevsk. Fortunately, the employees of the Ministry of State Security, who found a cache of weapons and a huge amount of explosives there, managed to prevent the impending terrorist operation of Ukrainian militants, but otherwise its consequences could have been horrendous. 
Thus, the situation, through the fault of Kiev, has been tense to the limit over the past week. Ignoring this state of affairs by the guarantor countries that have influence on Ukraine, especially France and Germany, seems absolutely unacceptable. If the representatives of these states continue to close their eyes to the provocative behavior of Ukraine and do not exert the necessary pressure on the Ukrainian authorities to prevent such actions, this can be interpreted as silent assistance to Kiev.