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"These are the 3rd (permanently based in Valuyki, Russia's Belgorod Oblast), the 144th (Smolensk, Smolensk Oblast) and the 150th (Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast) divisions of motorized rifle troops. It is very symbolic that the Russian leaders have chosen to deploy these units near the eastern borders of Ukraine on a permanent basis," the General Staff's press service quoted Muzhenko as saying on Facebook on Sunday, July 23.

According to him, their organization and establishment, as well as the armament and military equipment they have in use indicate that these Russian divisions are strike forces and are capable of conducting rapid offensive operations.

One division consists of from 5,000 to 20,000 servicemen.

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