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U.S. obtains information on commanders and structure of Russian forces in Donbas

Volker also noted that some of the participants of the illegal armed formations in Donbas are Ukrainian citizens recruited on a contract basis
23:17, 24 September 2018

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The USA has detailed information on the number, organization, and command of regular units of Armed Forces of Russia in Donbas. The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker claimed this, Echo of Moscow reports.

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‘Yes, no matter what I say, someone will immediately resist against me, someone who doesn’t like one or other numbers but let me note that we have thoroughly studied this matter. We have a very detailed information on the commanders, the chain of command, the types of forces, their funding, the troop strength of regular Russian army, the number of specialized units, and the most of the forces are contracted soldiers,’ Volker claimed this by answering on the question, whether the USA possesses a data on the presence of Russian troops in the Donbas.

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Volker added that the illegal armed formations carry out direct Russian command and control through a chain of command including regular troops, regular officers, but most of the forces are contracted soldiers paid by Russia on the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are not controlled by the authorities of Ukraine.

The Special Representative has also noted that some of the participants of the illegal armed formations in Donbas are Ukrainian citizens recruited on a contract basis.

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