Top Ukraine rebel leader says troops training in Russia




 
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Top Ukraine rebel leader says troops training in Russia
 
August 16th, 2014  
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Topic: Top Ukraine rebel leader says troops training in Russia


Top Ukraine rebel leader says troops training in Russia
By Thomas Grove DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian rebels are receiving new military equipment and troops trained in Russia, and will launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday. The four-month conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached a critical phase, with Kiev and Western governments watching nervously to see if Russia will intervene in support of the increasingly besieged rebels - an intention Moscow denies. Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said the rebels were in the process of receiving some 150 armored vehicles, including 30 tanks, and 1,200 fighters who he said had spent four months training in Russia. Moscow has come under heavy Western sanctions over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and accusations it is supporting separatists in east Ukraine with troops and funds.




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