: Kremlin responds to UN statement on movement of Russian forces to Donbas

17:55 Jun. 6, 2016

Kremlin responds to UN statement on movement of Russian forces to Donbas

Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov listens for a question during his news conference at the ASEAN – Russia summit, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 19, 2016. (AP Photo)

UN human rights spokesperson earlier mentioned credible reports on Russian military on Ukraine's territory

Kremlin's spokesman Dmitriy Peskov called groundless the UN official's statement that there were credible reports of the Russian troops and heavy weapons moving into and across Donbas, according to UNIAN.

"Any such statements are nothing but groundless accusations until they are backed by some evidence. This has not been the case so far," Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, commenting on reports quoting the spox for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ravina Shamdasani.

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Peskov noted that such statements have been repeatedly voiced at different levels over the last two years.

UN Human Rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said that her organization had got credible reports on troops and heavy weapons arriving from Russia to eastern Ukraine.

"There have been strongly credible reports of servicemen from across the border from Russia coming into and out of Ukrainian territory," she told VOA.

"And, the same goes for heavy weaponry as well. There have been very credible reports," she said.

She also noted that there was a worrying increase in heavy weaponry near the contact line, which borders Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine and the government-controlled area.

Reporting by UNIAN.

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