17:04 May. 2, 2016
Kremlin supposedly wants to toughen its influence on separatist leaders
Russia is increasing its military presence in Donbas, precisely in the militant-held Luhansk region, reports the Intelligence Chief Directorate at Ukraine's Defence Ministry.
According to the latest information from Defence Intelligence, Kremlin is eager to intensify pressure on the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky in order to prolong its own control over the occupied territories.
On May 3, Russia is set to deploy an additional subdivision of special rapid response units ‘Rys' under command of colonel Vladislav Yershov, states Ukraine's Defence Ministry. Russian militants are reportedly supposed to remain in Ukraine nearly a month.
Ukraine's Defence Intelligence also reports on numerous military vehicles and equipment transported from Russia through the checkpoint Izvarino (the Luhansk region), including 10 armoured vehicles which arrived from Russia after repair works.
Video shows a column of military equipment moving along streets of the militant-occupied Lugansk
Ukrainian forces informed the OSCE watchdogs about tanks, 122 mm multiple rocket launchers "Grad", and self-propelled guns that are stationed near Donetsk and neighbouring towns in eastern Ukraine.