Russian Army in Ukraine: 6,000 soldiers of Russia's regular army fight in Donbas – Ukraine's General Staff

12:50 Sep. 6, 2016

6,000 soldiers of Russia's regular army fight in Donbas – Ukraine's General Staff

Russian-backed separatist forces practice near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, March 13, 2015. (AP Photo)

Infographic shows which Russian military brigades are deployed to eastern Ukraine  

About 6,000 Russian servicemen and 35,000 militant troops controlled by Moscow are currently participating in armed hostilities in eastern Ukraine's conflict zone.

Referring to the data provided by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister for European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze published an infographic showing Russia's direct involvement in Donbas developments.

Read also Ukrainian Army Chief of Staff: We are ready to withstand full-scale Russian attack

The infographic shows that apart from local collaborators and Russian mercenaries, several brigades of Russia's Armed Forces are stationed in eastern Ukraine.

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The Vice Prime Minster says that Russian troops appear in Donbas in small groups, then serve on a rotation basis.

Generally, they are deployed on the second and the third defence line, as well as in support areas. Russian army officers are holding most of the command duties and working with sophisticated military equipment.

Read also 100,000 Russian troops stationed in Crimea, Donbas and around Ukraine - Kyiv

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