About 36 thousand soldiers, including 8.5 thousands of regular Russian army officers, stay in the occupied area of Donbas.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov announced this, representing the President's Decree "On Partial Mobilization" in the parliament, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"The military groups of more than 36 thousand people, including 8.5 thousand soldiers of regular troops of the Russian Federation, are deployed in the occupied area of the Donbas," he said.
According to Turchynov, the terrorist groups in eastern Ukraine have significant combat capabilities: 542 tanks, 990 armored combat vehicles, nearly 694 units of artillery systems, including rocket launchers, 4 units of reactive systems of localized strike, and about 57 units of surface-to-air missile systems.
In addition, the NSDC secretary emphasized that other 52 thousand Russian soldiers stay on the Ukrainian-Russian border on combat-ready alert.