Peter, Porosencova: Nikolay Lazarenko / Kommersant
Beyond the control of Kiev parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine there were up to 10 thousand Russian soldiers. With such statement in interview to TV channel CBS News by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
“We have confirmed figures that in different periods, their number fluctuated from 2,5 thousand to 10 thousand regular Russian troops in the occupied territories [of Donbas],” he said.
“Plus they have almost 50 thousand soldiers, the so-called “Russian volunteers” who were mobilized by the Russian Federation and delivered there. They pretend that they are not soldiers of the regular army. But that Russian citizens and Russian soldiers. They use Russian weapons and ammunition. They — the Russians”, — said Poroshenko.
The President of Ukraine claims that up to half of the participants of the conflict in the Donbas from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics are Russians. “Russia wants to destabilize Ukraine. They want to discredit the achievements of the revolution of dignity (Ukraine called the events of winter 2013-2014 and the subsequent change of power in the country— approx. “Of the tape.”ru, “—said the Ukrainian leader.
“Many observers think that we in Ukraine have a “cold war”. I want to disappoint them — is not a “cold war”. It is a hot war. And every day we have killed civilians and Ukrainian soldiers. In this situation, of course, we need peacekeepers [UN]”, — said Poroshenko.
The armed confrontation in the Donbass caused a coup in Ukraine, have been ongoing since April 2014. Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow of aggressive intentions and involvement in the fighting in the region. In response, Russia has stressed the lack of evidence and emphasizes that it is not involved in Ukraine’s internal conflict.
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