As reported by Censor.NET
, 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.
"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.