MORE THAN 210 SITUATIONS WHICH CAN DESTABILIZE UKRAINIAN SOCIETY WERE RECORDED IN APRIL
The Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine (MTOT) continues to monitor situations threatening the stability and security of Ukrainian society.
Research and analysis of information from open sources shows that in Ukraine in April alone more than 210 situations were recorded that indicate a polarization tensions in society, illegal handling of weapons as a conflicts solution and use of various mechanisms, that destabilize the situation in society through reports of pseudo-mining.
Many of such cases are immediately reinforced and spread by the Russian media; it is one of the methods of conducting hybrid conflicts aimed at destabilizing Ukrainian society.
The largest number of cases recorded by the specialists of the MTOT since the beginning of 2019 has been false reports about mining
For example, in April there were reports of mining of all well-known «Ashan» supermarkets and hypermarkets» in Kyiv and Dnipro.
A similar situation occurred in Odesa, reports about mining of two shopping centers came through at the same time.
Also in April, mining of the airports in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Lviv and Odesa, as well as the mining of railway and bus stations were actively reported.The main purpose of such messages is to disorganize the work of emergency response services, to disable large facilities with a presence of massive number of persons, to lead to panic and chaos among the population, to create a sense of fear and insecurity in their own state and society.
In April there were recorded 164 out of such cases: in Kyiv and Kyiv oblast – 72, in Dnipropetrovsk oblast – 34, in Kharkiv oblast – 26, in Lviv oblast – 14, in Odeska oblast – 13, in Zaporizhzhia oblast – 2, in Donetska, Ivano-Frankivska and Khersonska oblasts – 1 case in each.
In April, the MTOT recorded several cases of subversive activities confirming the attempts of the Russian Federation to destabilize and suspend the work of state bodies
Thus, in mid-April, law enforcement agencies stopped activities of subversive and terrorist group of the Russian special services in the territory of our state: they detained seven members of the group, two of whom are staff officers of the Russian special services. Some of the detainees were involved in carrying out terrorist acts within Government controlled area of Ukraine; in particular, by the instructions of the Russian special services, such representatives assassinated several high-ranking persons of Ukrainian Intelligence and the Security Service of Ukraine.
Moreover, in Vinnytsia oblast, law enforcement officers exposed the mechanism of legalization of representatives of illegal armed groups. Two residents of the temporarily occupied Donetsk have established mechanism of arrangement of Ukrainian passports for representatives of illegal armed groups for their further entry into Government controlled area of Ukraine. With the assistance of local authorities, the intruders pasted photos in passports of people who joined the illegal armed groups. This created the preconditions for militia infiltration into Government controlled area of Ukraine for the implementation of terrorist and intelligence-subversive activities.
Alongside with the exacerbation of the situation, there are a large number of cases of the illegal manufacture and distribution of weapons and explosive objects among the civilians, as well as acts of violence with their use
For example, in Vinnytsia oblast, law enforcement officers discovered an arsenal with military ordnance. From a stash equipped in one of the park zones of the oblast center were seized: DM-11 mine, nine shots of «VOG-25» grenade, an RPG-18 grenade launcher, six F1 hand grenades, and almost 750 cartridges of 7.62 mm and 5.45 mm–caliber ammunition. And in Kyiv, law enforcement officers seized from a local resident the RPG-22 «Netto» anti-tank grenade, three bomb cases of F1 with fuses of «UZRGM» (Unified Fuse of Hand Grenade – Modified), Mosin's rifles – infantry and cavalry ones, part of handmade rifle and 2786 cartridges.
According to monitoring, in April, the largest number of cases that could destabilize the situation within Ukrainian society were recorded in Kyiv and Kyiv oblast (38%), Dnipropetrovsk oblast (18%), Kharkivska oblast (14%), and Odeska oblast (8%).
MTOT executes data analysis in accordance with mandate of the Ministry, including coordinating efforts on monitoring and taking preventive measures to resolve conflicts within community, not only in the east but also throughout Ukraine. MTOT is involved in resolving issues related to conflict and vulnerable territories, and also has a prior work – to strengthen the stability of Ukraine.