Putin's ex-spokesman speaks of Russian troops in Donbas

16:20, 19 January 2016
Politics
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Mikhail Kozhukhov, former spokesman for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, has recognized presence of Russian troops in Donbas.

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"I'm totally a civilian. And I had a period in my life when I have been for four years in the war. I know perfectly well that no "Motorola" [one of pro-Russian militant leaders] is able to set in motion a 20,000-strong army and organize the "pocket" near Ilovaisk or Mariupol. I know this not because I was told so, but because it can't be any other way, but such army being led by people who at least have a diploma of the General Staff. These must be people who work together, know each other, people familiar with each other," Kozhukhov said in a video published on YouTube.

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Earlier, Putin said that he would be ready to return control over the border to Ukraine if the amendments to the Constitution were adopted.

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