The commander of the army in the European Union Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges said that, based on examination of the U.S. military, on the side of the militia in the Donbass fighting about 12 thousand soldiers of the Russian army.
Speaking on Tuesday with a speech in Berlin, Hodges, quoted, said that among the Russian military, fighting for the militia, military advisors, operators, military guns. According to him, another 50 thousand soldiers of the armed forces are on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
Kiev and Western countries have repeatedly stated that Ukraine is Russian troops. The Russian foreign Ministry has described the statement " public unsubstantiated innuendo. In the Russian defense Ministry also many times refuted such claims. International inspection did not record any violations from Russia on the border line with Ukraine, as well as among them undeclared military activities.
first Commander of the army in the European Union Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges said that the American army training Ukrainian military in March.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat in the region. According to the summary data of the United Nations, victims of the conflict began almost 5, 7 thousands of civilians.
dialogues " channel four ", held on 12 February, took place against a background of a sharp aggravation of the situation in the Donbass, instigated by the Ukrainian law enforcers who, having increased strength, began to storm the position of the militia. According to the results of the meeting of the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany adopted a package of measures involving, for example, a cease-fire in the Donbass with fifteen February, the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the development of a security zone.