News from Ukraine: Kremlin deploys over 100 troops to replenish militant forces in Donbas

13:43 Aug. 8, 2016

Kremlin deploys over 100 troops to replenish militant forces in Donbas

Cossacks army recruit, fighting on the side of self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, kisses a flag as they are sworn-in on the frontline July 11, 2015 in Pervomaisk, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Separatist forces also step up aerial reconnaissance in eastern Ukraine

More than 100 people arrived in Donbas from Russia to replenish the combined Russian-separatist forces

Ukrainian military intelligence reported on Monday, August 8, on their Facebook page.

Read also Combined Russian-separatist forces readying for massive assault in Donbas – intelligence

As intelligence officers report, combined Russian-backed forces militants carry out measures to replenish the units of Russia's 1st and 2nd Army Corps, whose authorities are stationed in Donetsk and Luhansk, respectively.

"Russia has deployed 70 replacement troops to reinforce the 9th separate assault motorized rifle regiment of the Marines Corps (militant-held Novoazovsk) of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) of Russia's Armed Forces and 50 replacement troops to enhance the 7th separate motorized rifle brigade (militant-held Luhansk ) of the 2nd Army Corps (Luhansk) of Russia's Armed Forces," reports the Ukrainian intelligence service.

The OSCE watchdogs were informed by Ukrainian authorities that militants deploy tanks, artillery systems of over 100 mm calibre and Grad multiple launch rocket systems near Lozove and Donetsk (eastern Ukraine).

Read also MEPs will see 'murder weapons' used by militants to kill Ukrainians in warzone - official

Militant forces stepped up aerial reconnaissance. Ukrainian intelligence say they spotted six militant drones in three strategical directions - Luhansk (one drone), Donetsk (three drones) and Mariupol (two drones).

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10,000 Ukrainians were killed by ‘Russian-terrorist forces' over the past two years, since the conflict in the Donbas region broke out. Recently reported Ukraine's Defence Council. More than 20,000 have been wounded and 1.8 million forced to flee their homes.

Three or four Russian military brigades, comprising about 10,000 regular servicemen, are currently involved in the hostilities in the Donbas conflict zone. Nearly 40,000 Russian soldiers are stationed near the Ukraine-Russia border, according to Stratfor analysts.

According to Ukraine's Intelligence Department, the militant group keeps increasing near the (Ukrainian) border. By 2018, the (Russian) contingent will consist of about 70,000 troops, Ukrainian officials say.

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