: :inin Kyiv (EET)

NATO has no estimated number on Russian troops in eastern Ukraine


NATO hasn’t commented on the statement made by Ukrainian President Poroshenko that more than nine thousand Russian troops had infiltrated eastern Ukraine.
This information comes from the response given by NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the journalists’ question regarding the increase in Russian military presence and violence in eastern Ukraine, Ukrinform own correspondent in Brussels reported .
“I will not go into the exact numbers or quantities. This is partly due to the fact that we see Russia transferring its troops back and forth, and they also have a large number of troops stationed along the Ukraine-Russia border. So, as I said, Russian forces are being sent to and from Ukraine. Therefore, I do not comment on specific numbers,” head of the Alliance said.
He also called on Russia to stop supporting separatists and withdraw its military forces from eastern Ukraine.
“What we have seen in the last few months is presence of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. As I said, we see heavy weapons, and we see more of it in eastern Ukraine along with weapons like tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, advanced anti-air defense systems. Russian military presence in the form of its troops and weapons in eastern Ukraine does not contribute to a peaceful solution during negotiations. That’s why we call on Russia to cease its support of separatists and withdraw its troops from eastern Ukraine and abide by Minsk agreement,” the official said.
As reported, President of Ukraine Poroshenko said earlier in Davos that according to Ukrainian intelligence data, more than 9000 Russian soldiers and more than 500 tanks, heavy artillery and armored combat vehicles had entered eastern Ukraine.

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