Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert actions

Ukraine presented the European Union with what it termed evidence of Russian covert action in Ukraine.
April 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

BRUSSELS, April 16 (UPI) -- Ukraine submitted evidence to the European Union Wednesday of what it called proof that Russian special-operations troops have been deployed in Ukraine.

It said the Security Service of Ukraine can identify, by name, a number of Russian special forces personnel actively engaged in training and equipping paramilitary forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, and added militants are being coordinated through special communication equipment from Russia.

Among those identified were Igor Strelkov, a member of the Genetral staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, who allegedly directly supervised a group on the Russia-Ukraine border on Apr. 12 and 13, and a Ukrainian called Gontaryov, a pro-Russian separatist who participated in the occupation of a Donetsk government building on Apr. 11, and “dispatched an agent to Russia’s Consul-General” for “support of Donetsk and Luhansk separatists.”

The evidence also pointed out the presence of AK-100 automatic rifles and RPG-30 grenade launchers at the occupation of government buildings, weapons only used in Russia, and 10 “Russian spies and raiders” who worked in Ukrainian cities and were detained by security forces.


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