According to Vadym Skybytsky, the Deputy Director of Main Intelligence Department of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, Surkov’s visit is apparently connected with the illegal elections that Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, appointed on March 20, 2016, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Skybytsky said that the official candidates from the Russian Federation to the bodies of local self-government of the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” were not yet announced, but Russia has conducted really active preparations for the “elections” in the occupied territories of the east of Ukraine.
“It is hard to say whether there will be candidates from the Russian side. But senior officials of the Russian Federation are now working there. A visit of the Russian President’s advisor Surkov is planned to the region. [Russian] advisors are working very actively on the ground in Luhansk and Donetsk,”- said the representative of the Ministry of Defense.