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    Ukraine’s Security Service is making more efforts to increase the number of “spies” among the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine, an aide to the Ukrainian interior minister Anton Geraschenko said early Wednesday morning.

    KIEV, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine’s Security Service is making more efforts to increase the number of “spies” among the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine, an aide to the Ukrainian interior minister Anton Gerashchenko said early Wednesday morning.

    “Both the Interior Ministry and Ukraine’s Security Council are working on increasing the number of agents inside the terrorist organizations,” Geraschenko wrote on his Facebook page.

    He added that having undercover agents is the most efficient way of fighting against self-defense forces.

    Kiev has been leading a military operation in southeastern Ukraine since mid-April, trying to suppress protests by independence supporters in the region who have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government. The fighting intensified after Donetsk and Luhansk regions proclaimed themselves independent people’s republics. Hundreds of people, including civilians, have died in both regions over the past months.

    Moscow has described the ongoing military action as a punitive operation and has repeatedly called on Kiev to put an immediate end to the bloodshed. Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged the international community to intervene and investigate the crimes against humanity that occurred in Ukraine in recent months.

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    self-defense forces, spies, Russian Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry, Security Service of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko
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