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45,000 Russian soldiers, 160 tanks were at Ukraine’s border during Ilovaisk battle
17:45, 14 August 2017
45,000 Russian soldiers, 160 tanks were at Ukraine’s border during Ilovaisk battle

Earlier it was reported about 4,000 servicemen and 20 tanks at Ukraine-Russia border in Rostov region

17:45, 14 August 2017

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There were at least 45,000 Russian soldiers, 160 tanks and more than a thousand of armored fighting vehicles. This was established during the pre-trial investigation of Illovaisk tragedy, reports General Prosecutor’s Office.

"At the same time (during the battles for Ilovaysk), Russian Armed Forces along the eastern section of the state border of Ukraine included: 35 battalion tactical and rotational tactical groups, at least 45,100 servicemen, up to 160 tanks, 1360 infantry fighting vehicles, 350 units of artillery, 130 units of multiple launch rocket systems, 192 combat aircraft, 137 helicopters, "the GPO reported.

According to the investigation, the largest invasion of the Russia’s armed forces on Donetsk region territory occurred at night on August 23-24. There were about 3,500 Russian personnel, up to 60 tanks, 320 ICVs, 60 guns; 45 mortars; 5 anti-tank missile complexes.

Related: Russian invasion: the logic of Ilovaisk battle

Near Ilovaisk, the ratio of Ukraine’s defenders on one hand and Russian servicemen and militants on the other was as follows: personnel - 1 to 18, tanks - 1 to 11, armored vehicles 1 to 16; artillery - 1 to 15, Grads - 1 to 24.

As it was reported earlier Ukraine submitted information on Battle of Ilovaisk to the International Criminal Court. Also, Ukraine furnishes proofs on aggressive war held by Russia against Ukraine.

The Ukrainian militaries controlled the major part of Ilovaisk on August 18, 2014. But they were enveloped after the invasion of the Russian troops on August 23-24. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin appealed to the Russia-backed militants to make the humanitarian corridor for the Ukrainian troops on August 29. The Ukrainian militaries began to leave the city on August 30 but the militants shot them. According to the Ministry of Defense, 108 Ukrainian soldiers died and more than 100 were injured and captivated. According to the Military Attorney, 366 militaries died and 429 were injured.

The General Staff reported that this operation was not the breakthrough from the entrapment but the withdrawal under the guarantees of Russia.

Related: Relatives of Ukrainian soldiers, killed in Ilovaisk, rally near Prosecutor's General Office

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