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'Much evidence' of Russia's involvement in Donbas conflict, - NATO ex-official

The war in eastern Ukraine would have been over for a long time if Russia ceased to supply weapons to militants, Alexander Vershbow says
08:04, 15 February 2018

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There is a lot of evidence of Russian involvement in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Alexander Vershbow, the former Assistant Secretary General of NATO said that in a recent interview as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.  

'Open sources such as social networks provide us with a lot of evidence of Russia's involvement in the war in Donbas. At official ceremonies, Russian leader Putin awards generals who allegedly come from Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Even Wagner PMC participates now,' he said. 

According to him, the war in eastern Ukraine would have been over for a long time if Russia ceased to supply weapons to militants. 'There are many tanks without Russian insignia, but we all are aware where they come from... The conflict has been lasting for more than four years now - mainly due to the lasting Russian aggression,' he said. 

Speaking about Javelin missile launchers and supplies for Ukraine, Vershbow stressed that this is 'a way to deter the Russian aggression, not to claim or re-gain territories'. 

Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. defense budget for 2018. It foresees the allocation of 350 million dollars of financial aid for the Ukrainian military.  

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