8,5 thousand Russian soldiers located in Donbas, - Anti-terrorist center

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian forces organize paramilitary groups in Donbas
13:56, 23 January 2016

About 8,5 thousand Russian soldiers are in Donbas, said the Head of Anti-terrorist center at the State Security Service, Vitaliy Malikov, to Dzerkalo tyzhnya. He pointed out, that Russian military enters and exists the area on rotational basis.

The Russian soldiers organize paramilitary groups and troops similar to the Russian army. All military units have curators, almost all of them are Russians. They enter Donbas under fake IDs, become head of units and lead military operations,” – informed Malikov.

Malikov also noted that there is an atmosphere of overall mistrust between Russian officers and field commanders.    

“Those, who oppose political leadership of “the republics”, members of illegal armed groups, refuse to be disbanded and become a part of newly created brigades. They tend to desert and oppose “official authorities”, - added the Head of Anti-terrorist center.  

Related: 43 pro-Russian fighters killed in Donbas since beginning of 2016

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