: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Russian military enter “first echelon”, Lysenko says

According to data provided by Ukrainian intelligence, relocation of new units of Russian Armed Forces continues in the Donbas conflict zone.
Spokesman for anti-terrorist operation Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing on Saturday.
“Russian servicemen replace gunmen on the front lines,” Lysenko said.
As a background note, Chief of General Staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko said that Ukraine is not fighting with the regular Russian army on January 29. According to him, there are “facts of some separate servicemen of Russian Armed Forces, Russian citizens being a part of illegal armed groups participating in combat activities.”
Subsequently, , Later, Deputy Head of the Department of Information Technology at Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense Colonel Serhiy Halushko said on TV that Russian military are fighting against Ukrainian troops in the Donbas conflict zone, but only in “second echelon”, that is they only supervise untrained mercenaries using them actually as cannon fodder.

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