13:19 Jul. 1, 2016
Ukraine's National Security and Defence chief says Putin awarded generals for 'military successes' in Donbas
One do not have to travel far to seek more evidence of Russia's military activities in Ukraine, it is enough to visit the official web site of Russia's presidential administration.
This is how the head of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov commented on the recent statement made by President Vladimir Putin on the "internal nature" of Ukraine conflict.
Turchynov reminded that on June 11 Putin signed a decree to award and advance in ranks a number of Russian servicemen "for committing crimes in the eastern regions of Ukraine."
According to Turchynov, Major General Asapov, who commanded the 1st army corps in the occupied Donetsk region between April 2015 and May 2016, has been promoted to Lieutenant General. The same military rank of Lieutenant General was given to Major General Yudin, who commanded the 2nd army corps in the occupied Luhansk region between January and April 2015. Colonel Ruzinsky, who commanded 2nd separate motorized rifle brigade (Luhansk city) of the 2nd army corps between April 2015 and May 2016, has been promoted to Major General.
"These two army corps that wage the war against us in the east of Ukraine, are an integral part of Russia's Armed Forces, and are commanded directly by the Center of territorial troops of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation," Turchynov noted.
"There is no internal conflict in Ukraine, but there is a brutal undeclared war that is waged against our independent democratic country by the Russian Federation. Only Russian TV viewers, brainwashed by the Kremlin propaganda, can believe Putin's lies," the NSDC secretary summed up.