: At least 6,000 Russian servicemen deployed in Donbas: Poroshenko

17:43 Apr. 5, 2016

At least 6,000 Russian servicemen deployed in Donbas: Poroshenko

Armed pro-Russian separatists walk on a street in the Zaytseve village of Donetsk area, Ukraine on March 14, 2016 (Photo by Alexander Ermochenko /Getty Images)

The 'withdrawal of all foreign armed formations' was a requirement of the Minsk ceasefire deal

6,000 Russian servicemen and 40,000 Russian-backed separatist forces are currently stationed in Donbas region, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated in an interview with Fox News.

'Today, there are nearly 6,000 regular Russian forces in the occupied territory of my country and over 50,000 militants in Crimea,' he said.

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Poroshenko also mentioned the army of 40,000 militants was created in Donbas region under the guidance of Russian servicemen, according to data provided by intelligence, satellite images and other documents.

'This enormous contingent outnumbers armies of many European countries,' Poroshenko said.

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