Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic ready for full-scale offensive as tension in Ukraine intensifies

Denis Pushilin

19th February 2022 – (Moscow) The official Russian news agency Sputnik reported on Saturday (19th) that a sudden explosion occurred tens of meters away from a government building in the city of Donetsk, a self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine, on Friday (18th). The Donetsk People’s Republic on Saturday (19th) warned that the government forces would launch a full-scale offensive and announced an order for general mobilisation. A car exploded in the parking lot of a government building on Friday night, a spokesman for the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic said. The People’s Militia Armed Forces added that the car parked in the parking lot was blown up around 7pm Moscow time, and the explosion was heard throughout the city. They called on the public to remain calm and vigilant and avoid activities in the city as much as possible.

According to the Telegraph, the head of the Luhansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik has called upon “men who are capable of holding weapons in their arms must stand up in defence of the Republic””, according to RIA News.

It comes as two separatist leaders called for an unprecedented evacuation of civilians, fearing an imminent invasion by Ukrainian government troops.

Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said in an address to local residents on Friday that their forces have been witnessing “an increase in weapons near our territory.”

A short time later, Mr Pasechnik also ordered an evacuation.

Mr Pushilin said women, children and the elderly will be given a priority to evacuate and that they would be departing for Rostov Oblast in southern Russia.

It comes as Western leaders have warned that Russia is preparing a false flag attack as a justification for invasion.