The Deputy Director of the Ministry of Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Vadim Skibitskiy, indicated that the Russian Presidential Advisor, Vladislav Surkov, plans to visit the occupied Donbas region, as reported by Ukrainian TV channels.
Skibitskiy also said that official candidates from the Russian Federation for local government positions of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have not been elected. However, the representatives of the Russian authorities actively work in the region to be ready for the ‘elections.’
"It is not clear whether these candidates from Russia will be elected. However, the highest officials of the Russian Federation plan for the visit of the Russian President's Adviser, Vladislav Surkov, to the region. These advisers are very active in the Luhansk and the Donetsk regions. What are the conclusions? We'll see," the representative of the Ministry of Defense said.