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ATO HQ: Russian involvement in Donbas confirmed yet again after clash on July 23

25.07 18:18

On July 23, Russia-backed militants attempted to assault Ukrainian positions in Popasna area, Luhansk region. As a result, two militants were killed and eight were wounded, said Col. Valentyn Buryachenko, head of the ATO HQ, at a press briefing in Kramatorsk.

One of the dead militants had insignia of a so-called “1st Platov Kozak Regiment” on his uniform. This unit has been reorganized as the “6th Regiment”, while former commander Pavel Dryomov was killed due to internal conflicts.

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Other signs of Russian involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine were pieces of Russian-produced military gear, rifles, ammunition, grenades and anti-personnel mine brought to Ukraine from Russian military warehouses. Col. Buryachenko added that Russia consistently supplies its proxies in the Donbas with various kinds of weapons.

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