News from Ukraine: More Russian tanks and Grad systems deployed to Donbas

15:15 Jul. 19, 2016

More Russian tanks and Grad systems deployed to Donbas

A column of Pro-Russian rebel tanks prepare to move from the front line near Oleksandrivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 3, 2015 (AP Photo)

Kremlin continues to send military equipment to temporarily occupied territory in eastern Ukraine

More Russian military weapons and military equipment are reported to have been deployed to the militant-occupied Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.

This was reported by the Chief Directorate of Intelligence at Ukrainian Defence Ministry on Facebook.

Railway convoys carrying weapons, military equipment, ammunition and fuel were delivered to the northern-eastern part of Donetsk from Russia. The convoys include 30 railway platforms with tanks, self-propelled guns, carriages with (Russian) servicemen aboard, fuel materials, and lubricants.

10 tank-wagons with diesel fuel were sent to Khartsysk (the militant-held town in Donetsk region), while six tank-wagons with diesel fuel and railway platforms carrying military hardware platforms (two self-propelled guns, three 122mm Grad multiple-launch rocket systems, two armoured personnel carriers) were transported to Ilovaysk (the militant-held town in Donetsk region).

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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