The United States has detailed information about the number, organization and command of the regular units of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation on the Donbass, said the special representative of the US state Department on Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with radio station “Echo of Moscow”.
Responding to a question about whether the US information about the presence of Russian troops in the Donbas, K., Walker said, “Yes. Whatever I say, I just mind someone who doesn’t like certain numbers, but let me say that we very carefully studied this question. We have very good information about the commanders, chain of command, troop types, their funding, the number of regular soldiers of the Russian army, the number of specialized units, and most of the forces are contract soldiers”.
The American diplomat added that the over current on the uncontrolled Ukrainian authorities territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions illegal armed groups “carried out a direct Russian command and control through the chain of command, including regular troops, regular officers, but most of the forces are contractors who pays Russia”
K. Walker also noted that some part in the illegal armed formations in the Donbas are citizens of Ukraine, “are also hired on a contract basis.”
“Many of them they (citizens of Ukraine – if) are not. Some of them – citizens of Russia, some Serbian, some from Belarus. As you know, they come from everywhere, and hires and organizes this company. But ultimately, this illegal armed formations on the territory of Ukraine”, — said the representative of the state Department, adding that if we are talking about the implementation of the Minsk agreements, in accordance with their terms, these illegal armed groups must cease to exist.
Tags: #Russia #Donbass #Walker