14:16 Aug. 7, 2016
Combined Russian-separatist forces are rotating fighters and pulling in weapons
Ukraine predicts violence in Donbas may escalate to the new highs, the country's top military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko told journalists in Kyiv on August 7.
Lysenko explained that across whole frontline the combined Russian-separatist forces are pulling in weapons, rotating their fighters and receive new military equipment and manpower from Russia, using the uncontrolled areas of Ukraine-Russia border.
"In the north of Crimea Russian troops carry out their maneuvers, and at certain time movement at the Crimean checkpoints was stopped at the initiative of the Russian side. We have to realize that at any moment the occupation forces may begin an offensive of any scale" said Lysenko.
The military spokesman specified that not only militants, but their commanders from Russia's Armed Forces are stationed on the other side of the contact line.
"We know that Russian officers, who command and plan all the military operations, are undergoing constant rotation," he added.
The ongoing fighting in Donbas resulted in new casualties suffered by the Ukrainian army over the past day.
Three servicemen were killed and four more injured. According to Lysenko, the fiercest attacks were launched at the Ukrainian positions in the village of Krymske, where 3 soldiers were killed and two wounded.