According to a separatist militant from the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (‘DNR’) in eastern Ukraine, who appears in a video posted to YouTube on May 29th, leaders of the self-declared, separatist entity are being arrested, and figures who governed the area during the era of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych are returning to power. The man laments what he sees as a betrayal of a ‘patriotic’ cause, and claims that people are coming ‘from Kiev’ to take over local leadership posts. He names leaders of the so-called ‘Republican Guard’ among those arrested. He also refers to the assassination of Alexey Mozgovoy, reported in some outlets as the handiwork of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU (Main Intelligence Directorate). If true, the reports suggest that Moscow may be preparing to abandon the de facto leaders of the separatist Ukrainian republics in favor of more competent, experienced and reliable local governors. The story is still new, and the date of the video is unclear. The speaker refers to the assassination of Mozgovjy ‘yesterday,’ implying that the video itself could have been made a week ago.
30 May 2015 – 62.ua
A full-scale ‘purge’ is taking place at top of the ‘DNR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic], as well-known rebel leaders are being rounded up and arrested.
A rebel gunman of the ‘DNR’ from the ‘Vargan’ group reported this in a video that appeared on social networks.
‘Right now full-scale arrests are taking place here. They have arrested Vanya Russky of the Republican Guard arrested Ivan ‘Russky,’ the commander of the guards, and his deputy, Mikhail ‘Pyatiy,’ and Mozgovoy was killed in Lugansk.
‘Today we are witnessing a definite purge of national-patriotic forces that were capable of governing and defending [the region]…
‘Those who are not arrested, who are very afraid – these stupidly disappear. The current government, the so-called DNR, is a completely criminal structure,’ concludes the gunman.’
The terrorist also noted that people who were there under Yanukovych are returning to power in the ‘DNR.’