(*9*)At a conference of Russia’s Protection Council, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu explained there were being sixteen,000 volunteers in the Center East who were being prepared to occur to combat with Russian-backed forces in the breakaway Donbass area of japanese Ukraine.
(*9*)”If you see that there are these men and women who want of their individual accord, not for dollars, to occur to aid the men and women residing in Donbass, then we need to have to give them what they want and aid them get to the conflict zone,” Putin explained.
(*9*)Shoigu also proposed that Western-manufactured Javelin and Stinger missiles that were being captured by the Russian military in Ukraine need to be handed in excess of to Donbass forces.
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(*9*)”As to the shipping of arms, particularly Western-manufactured types which have fallen into the arms of the Russian military – of program I guidance the chance of providing these to the armed service models of the Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics,” Putin explained. “Make sure you do this,” he instructed Shoigu.
(*9*)Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 shortly following Putin recognised the breakaway territories as unbiased states, in an motion condemned internationally as unlawful.
(*9*)Russia suggests its “exclusive armed service procedure” in Ukraine was a pressured reaction to what it phone calls genocide by Ukraine towards Russian-speakers in the east of the place – a pretext turned down by Kyiv and the West as baseless war propaganda.
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(*9*)Shoigu explained the Russian armed service prepared to improve its Western border following what he explained was an improve in Western armed service models on Russia’s border.