Approximately 3,000 Russian servicemen are currently present in the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government, Ukraine’s Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Ruslan Khomchak stated.

“The Intelligence reports that there are 3,000 Russian servicemen at most. These are officers, instructors, those who help commanders to make decisions. Russian soldiers do not sit in the trenches. There is the whole “geography” of Russia, Ukraine and other countries. All the deliveries of equipment, its repairment are from Russia for 100%,” the Commander-in-Chief noted.

He also said that the Ukrainian military had information about the arrival of “10 and 12 groups of snipers from Russia” in the occupied territories, who had been already noticed near Shirokin.

According to Khomchak, a military solution to the situation in eastern Ukraine is impossible under the current conditions.

“There is no military solution to the conflict. In many places, we have “met cities and towns where military actions were difficult,” he explained, adding that the decision to open response fire is made by the commander on the ground, without the “approval by presidents or the general staff.”

To recap, on Tuesday, 26 November, the Ukraine army’s senior soldier, Vyacheslav Minkin, was lost not far from Donetsk due to a bullet from the pro-Russian fighters’ shooter.

Bohdan Marusyak

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