Half of Donbas militants are Russian citizens, - Poroshenko

He also claimed that there are also 50, 000 Russian volunteers in Donbas
11:32, 8 May 2018

администрация президента Украины

The half of the militants fighting in Donbas is the Russian soldiers. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed this as his press service reported.

Poroshenko noted that the number of the regular Russian troops in the occupied territory of Donbas varied from 2,500 up to 10, 000 people in different periods of time.

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'They have almost 50, 000 of the so-called 'Russian volunteers' who were recruited through the Russian mobilization system and sent to Donbas. They pretend they are not the regular army soldiers, but they are Russians by nationality. They use the Russian weapons and ammunition', Poroshenko noted.

According to the president, Ukraine is a front line of the cold war. 'But we have the hot war now', Poroshenko emphasized.

Related: Belarus court sentenced "LNR" militant to two years of imprisonment

Earlier UN reported that at least 2, 523 civilians died since the beginning of the armed Donbas Conflict (April 14, 2014 – November 15, 2017). According to the information, there are 1399 men, 837 women, 91 boys, 47 girls and 149 unidentified people among the perished. Also, 298 civilians that died in the result of the MH17 plane crash were included in this list.

Also, the UN reported on 161 victims of armed conflict among the civilian population: 26 people were killed and 135 people were wounded (a little more than a half of all cases are related to shelling).

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