“Our intelligence services have evidence that the insurgents have in mind to carry out provocations in the regions under their control, primarily in the city of Donetsk and the surrounding areas, which would involve deaths of innocent people on November 2,” Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman of the National Security and Defense Council, told an UNIAN correspondent at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

“We also have evidence that the militants are putting the markings and symbols of Ukraine’s National Guard and Armed Forces on their tanks. The militants from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic have ordered National Guard uniforms, and have already distributed over 3,000 uniforms. Russian journalists are arriving at places that are not under the militants’ control in order to cover the illegal elections that are to take place on November 2 and November 9.

“We would like to warn the citizens that participating in the so-called elections could put their lives in danger, because of the high probability of terrorist acts being carried out at the polling stations,” Lysenko said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced their decision to carry out elections on November 2.

Head of Luhansk Regional State Administration Henadiy Moskal said earlier that, according to locals’ reports, the militants had started disseminating leaflets in the areas under their control. The leaflets say that local elections will take place in the Luhansk People’s Republic on November 2, and that on November 9 a referendum will be held on declaring the Luhansk People’s Republic’s independence.