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President: Ukraine has evidence of Russia's direct involvement in Donbas conflict

There are around 38,000 servicemen in Donbas, most of them are Russian mercenaries armed to their teeth.

President: Ukraine has evidence of Russia's direct involvement in Donbas conflict
Photo: Ukrainian president's press service

Ukraine has received evidence of Russia's direct involvement in the conflict in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said at the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.

"For over two years of this tragedy, Ukraine has received extensive and irrefutable evidence of direct involvement of Russia, its state agencies and officials in financing, sponsorship, and coordination of terrorist groups which have committed countless crimes against my compatriots," he said.

Poroshenko added: "The shocking reality is that there is a roughly 38,000-strong illegal military force in Donbas and its large part is regulars and mercenaries from Russia. This force is armed to the teeth by Russia."

According to the Ukrainian president, Russian troops have at their disposal about 700 tanks, 1,200 armoured vehicles, more than 1,000 artillery systems and more than 300 multiple launch rocket systems.

"Russia keeps sending weapons, ammunition and manpower to Ukraine through the uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian state border," he said. "At the same time, the Russian side continues insisting at all forums, including the UN, that it has nothing to do with all of this and that the Russians are not there in Ukraine."