The "DNR" has admitted that the "spontaneous protest campaign" against the OSCE SMM was organized by occupation authorities of CADO, having camouflaged it as a "popular protest" because of the arrest of the "LNR" militant. This confession was made by Igor Khakimzyanov, who calls himself the former "Minister of Defence of the DNR".
"Correct reaction of the DNR authorities to the capture of the LNR representative in the JCCC is among the positive news of recent days", - he stated.
"A rally at the location of the OSCE SMM in support of the LNR officer was covertly initiated and allowed. As the phrase goes, - "stars are aligned", - he admits the staged nature of the protests of allegedly "not indifferent citizens" who have actually taken an employee of the OSCE Mission hostage.
"Do not forget the old rule of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth", - the "minister" advised the leaders of the "republics" to continue acting as tough as possible.
"But why the LNR People's Militia did not carry out a similar special operation in spite of Ukes, at least to replenish the exchange fund - it puzzles me", - he wonders.
As earlier reported, on October 13, soldiers of the AFU detained an "LNR" militant who, covering his activities with the JCCC identification marks, was conducting reconnaissance in the area of the Ukrainian positions. Occupation authorities of CADLO accused the OSCE SMM of inaction, demanded the release of the militant and organized blocking of the hotel where the Mission's staff lived. In turn, the European observers explained that they had not seen the moment of the arrest. The SMM knows that the "LNR" representative in the JCCC was allegedly "taken hostage" only from the words of the leadership of the illegal armed formations.
In addition, the OSCE SMM has never said that they recognize certain representatives of the "DNR/LNR" in the JCCC. Puppet authorities of the "republics" appropriated this status after the departure of Russian officers in December 2017. The occupiers announced the creation of their own "representation offices" at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination on ceasefire and expressed a desire to cooperate with the OSCE mission. However, officially, there are no representation offices of the terrorist "republics" in the Joint Centre. They are formally referred to by the Mission as "members of the armed formations with armbands bearing the legend "JCCC".