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Poroshenko Estimates Number Of Illegal DPR And LPR Armed Formations At 40,000, Number Of Russian Troops On Ukraine's Border At 50,000

The press service of the President of Ukraine announced this in a statement.

President Petro Poroshenko estimates the number of illegal armed formations under the control of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" at 40,000 and the number of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine at 50,000.

The press service of the President of Ukraine announced this in a statement.

"According to the President, the combined enemy grouping in Donbas, including fighters in illegal armed groups, is more than 40,000 and the Russian military group near the state border consists of more than 50,000 soldiers, which is almost 1.5 times more than in July 2014," the press service quoted Poroshenko as saying at the beginning of a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council.

According to him, Russia continues to supply weapons, military equipment, ammunition, assets, and fuel to the militants.

"The gun that hangs on the wall will be fired sooner or later. This rule applies not only to conventional theater, but also to the theater of military operations," Poroshenko said.

In this context, Poroshenko stressed the importance of strengthening the defense capabilities of Ukraine and creating modern armed forces.

He also stressed that Ukraine was fully implementing the agreements that were reached in Minsk (Belarus) in February while militants were violating them constantly, not allowing representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to verify the withdrawal of their heavy weapons, continuing to shell Ukrainian positions, conducting active intelligence and subversive activities, and provoking clashes aimed at preventing peaceful settlement of the conflict.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Poroshenko has said that the threat of attacks on Ukrainian positions by militants from the DPR and LPR has increased.

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