Russia provides modern weapons to militants in Donbas — NATO

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu told about available evidence and proofs of the regular Russian troops and weapons' presence on the territory of Ukraine.

This was discussed at a briefing in NATO headquarters, an Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels reported.

Oana Lungescu said she believed it was clear and understood, for the Alliance relied on its intelligence as well as full range of open sources of independent international non-governmental organizations, the OSCE, and the media, including independent Russian journalists. She said there was a lot of evidence. The NATO spokesperson noted that the militants in Ukraine were trained and equipped by Russia and received orders from the Russian command. Russia, she said, had deployed its regular troops in Ukraine.

According to her, NATO observed hundreds of military equipment units relocated from Russia to Ukraine over the past few weeks, including the modern equipment that is used only by Russia.

"Separatists cannot cope with such weapons on their own, as the special training is required for this. These modern missiles, tanks, armored vehicles are the whole range of heavy weapons, which can not be bought on the open market in Donetsk," Lungescu said.

She also reminded about the Russian soldiers who were captured or killed by Ukrainian forces, as well as numerous evidence of Russian soldiers' presence in Ukraine, adding that information about this can be found in social networks.

ir

Add comment