Although the Minsk ceasefire deal prohibits active combat missions on their territory, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada has adopted the law allowing Ukrainian intelligence agents to pretend to be independence fighters of Novorossiya, whom the Kiev regime still calls "terrorists."
Andrei Levus and Serhiy Pashinsky, the authors of the bill, insist that it will improve the efficiency of operations conducted by the Ukrainian intelligence servicemen on the territories of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
However, the counter-terrorism expert warned that the legislation could be also aimed at providing a cover for subversive criminal activities directed against peaceful civilians of LPR and DPR. Popov elaborated that Ukrainian spies, pretending to be members of DPR and LPR militia, could conduct terror acts on the territory of the republics and then evade the punishment under the pretext of their "covert work." Furthermore, their actions could also discredit the independence fighters' aims.
At the same time Andrei Popov noted that activities of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in the southeastern regions have not yet proved to be effective. Although the SBU has experience and a large intelligence network in Novorossiya, they evidently failed to undermine the militia's ability to combat Ukrainian armed forces, the counterterror expert underscored.
It should be also noted that the law, passed by Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, is related to combat activities, and in fact contradicts the principles of the Minsk agreement that came into force on February 15. However, experts point out that it is not the first time Kiev violates the spirit and word of the Minsk deal, using the truce to strengthen the military potential of Ukraine's war machine.