Russia claims not involved in latest Donbas escalation
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claims it would be "completely wrong" to raise the issue of Russia's responsibility for the latest violent escalation in Donbas.
Answering a question of an UNIAN correspondent in Russia on whether the Kremlin intends to admit responsibility for the escalation in Donbas, since Russian leadership constantly declares its "influence" on the illegal armed groups fighting Ukrainian forces, Peskov said: "No, this is a completely incorrect formulation. It shouldn't be seen like this."
At the same time, Peskov told journalists the Kremlin was aware of a morning's clash "between the 'Luhansk People's Republic' and the Ukrainian Armed Forces".
"We don't have the details of the clash, we don't know what triggered the clash. We read there are casualties on both sides, which we find unfortunate and express our hope that soon we will be able to clarify the details of what happened before going for any conclusions," Peskov said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on Tuesday morning, Russian occupation forces attacked Ukrainian defense positions in Donbas, employing 120 mm mortars, proscribed by Minsk agreements. Under fire cover, the Russian invaders began their offensive operation and attempted to advance through the demarcation line. As a result of the battle, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and another four were injured.