As part of their invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces used Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe insignia to descend on several towns in the Luhansk region, Ukrainian national police warned Thursday.
“Columns of Russian tanks entered the Luhansk region on the borders of Krasnaya Talovka, Milove and Gorodishche. The enemy has insidiously placed white vehicles with OSCE symbols on the front. Fighting is currently ongoing there,” police said in a statement.
International OSCE monitors have been working along the front line in eastern Ukraine since 2014 to document the fighting and ultimately help reduce tensions. The organization condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and called for an end to the war.
Similarly, deceptive tactics by the invading forces were reported on the other side of the country, in Sarny, Rivne, where Mayor Ruslan Serpeninov addressed a video address to residents, warning them that sabotage and reconnaissance units were entering the country from Belarus carrying Ukrainian military and police. uniforms.
He said the impostors wore red ribbons, a claim echoed by national police.
The police department called on citizens across the country to be on the lookout for “suspicious people on the streets”, especially those with “red elements”.
They called on residents to immediately call the police to report “suspicious people with red elements on their clothes”.
The disguises were part of a multi-faceted attack Russia launched on Ukraine at dawn on Thursday, after weeks of denying that an invasion was being prepared. More than a dozen Ukrainians were reportedly killed in the first hours of the offensive, including some civilians.