Vladimir Dobrovolsky. NATO believes that the Russian Federation has reduced its presence in Ukraine, But retains the contingent necessary to put pressure on the Ukrainian authorities, said the commander of allied forces in the European Union Philip Breedlove.
No concrete evidence of the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine Breedlove has not led.
Ukraine and the West has stated many times that in Russia at the border with Ukraine, as if it accumulate troops. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation called the statement " public unsubstantiated innuendo, Authorized the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation also many times refuted such claims. International inspection did not record Any violations of the Russian Federation on the border line with Ukraine, as well as among them undeclared military activities. The deployment of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine first examined eight international inspection teams.
" They (Russia) currently cutting back in recent days, But They left a very effective and well adapted to the forces in the East, which allow them to exert continued pressure on the President of Ukraine Petro) Poroshenko and the Ukrainian leadership. This pressure allows them to build what I think is the geo-strategic context in the East of Ukraine for the future, " said Breedlove, speaking in the US and answering the question, as he assesses the situation in Ukraine.
according to him, " the ceasefire did a lot of good, for example, allowing to protect the loss of lives." But It also gives the opportunity to build such a situation in the East of Ukraine, which may flow in the frozen conflict ", - said the commander of NATO in the European Union.
Kyiv authorities since April of conduct in the East of Ukraine military operation directed against dissatisfied with the February coup d'etat of residents of Donbas. According to the latest information from the UN, from mid April to Ukraine forcibly deprived of life, more than 2 and a half thousand civilians, about six thousand wounded.
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