The commander of the army in the European Union, Lieutenant-General Frederick Ben Hodges said that, based on examination of the U.S. military, in the Donbass on the side of the militias fighting to 12 thousand troops from Russia.
Speaking with a speech in Berlin, Hodges stated that among the Russian military, fighting for the militia, military advisors, operators, military guns. According to him, in the next 50 thousand Servicemen of the Russian armed forces are on the Russian-Ukrainian border, RIA "news" referring to Reuters. Kiev and Western countries have repeatedly stated that Ukraine is Russian troops. So, on March 2, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette again said about the evidence of the presence of troops of Russia in the Donbas." we have satellite data, we have different sources of evidence. Also many materials that currently appear due to Western correspondents, " he said, adding that the regular part of the Russian army took part in Debaltsevo. In Kiev acknowledged claimed to have data about the participation of individual Russian Citizens and soldiers of the Russian army in the armed conflict in the Donbass. Thus the chief of the General staff of the armed forces of Ukraine Colonel-General Viktor Murzenko stated that the Ukrainian army keeps fighting with periodic parts of the Russian army. Moscow, for its part, has stated many times that is not involved in the events in the South-East of Ukraine, is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis. In the capital of Russia emphasize that all charges against her unsubstantiated. Columnist of the journal of Strategic Culture Foundation, writer and journalist Finian Cunningham believes that the understanding of Western countries conflict in Ukraine is distorted due to the systematic disinformation and lividuals "Russian aggression" in Ukraine, which the U.S. government provides Kiev.