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 Illegal armed groups in the east are planning offensive in late May, Poroshenko says

President Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Heads of district state administrations. The Head of State has called increase of efficiency of the Armed Forces the top priority for the government.

According to the president, there have been numerous attempts to destabilize Ukraine from both outside and inside the country recently.

At such time, it is especially important to have strong authorities, the president noted.

The president stated that there was information that the illegal armed groups in the east are planning an offensive in late May, Censor.NET reports citing the press service of the head of state.

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"The country is able to defend itself. The fourth wave of mobilization demonstrates the highest morale and the best level of preparation. I got convinced of that during the first powerful military exercise at the brigade level in the last 20 years. The military exercise involved all our paratroopers' brigades that already operate in an environment maximally close to the battlefield," the head of state noted.

Poroshenko noted that he is generally content with the results of the fourth wave of mobilization. In certain districts, the level of mobilization even exceeded 100%. "Truly powerful interaction between local governments and population has been demonstrated in these districts," the head of state emphasized.

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The president called mobilization the most important task for DSA (district state administrations) heads. "On April 27, the fifth wave of mobilization started. Each DSA head will be personally responsible for its successful holding," Poroshenko said.

The head of state set a task to accelerate and ensure strict adherence to the schedule in the issue of building fortifications. "Today, it has become a nationwide issue," the president noted.

As for internal threats, the Security Service informed the president on the detainment of 18 persons in Odesa region that were planning acts of sabotage in Odesa at the beginning of May. "We will not allow to destabilize the situation. We have already learned how to counter such attempts," Poroshenko said.

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The president informed that 18,500 law enforcement employees and 1,200 guardsmen will be involved in the protection of civil order during May holidays. It will be the first time of volunteers' participation in this process. According to the president, May holidays will be a test for compliance with current requirements for Ukraine's special services and law enforcement agencies.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n334641