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 "If I hadn't entered the school in Lviv, I would be a separatist," - 24th Brigade soldier. VIDEO

Russia-backed separatists have stepped up attacks on roads and infrastructure facilities along the entire contact line.

As reported by Censor.NET citing TSN, militants target critical infrastructure facilities at the front line, including the Donetsk filtration station and a water pipeline around Zolote village. The Ukrainian military say such actions by militants are due to Moscow's recent rhetoric giving them hope for the recognition of the self-styled republics by the Russian Federation. A temporary recognition of IDs issued by the "DPR/LPR" comes as yet another demonstration of Kremlin's plans. Militants do hope to see the demarcation line in the Donbas become a full-fledged border.

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"In theory, it all may become border," says an officer of the 24th Brigade with call sign Lyst, a resident of the occupied town of Stakhanov.

Lyst graduated from a military school in Ukraine's western city of Lviv and claims this very fact eventually saved him from falling prey to Russia's propaganda and joining the ranks of separatists.

"If I hadn't entered the school in Lviv, I would be a separatist. You know why? I loved Russia for as long as I lived there [in Stakhanov]," the Ukrainian officer says.

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