The command of the occupation forces in Donbas are taking additional measures aimed at covering up Russia's presence in the area.
"According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the command of the occupation forces are taking additional measures aimed at concealing the Russian military presence in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including at preventing documented confirmation of Russian citizenship of troops who may be captured by or defect to the Ukrainian security forces," said press secretary of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Dmytro Hutsuliak, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
Read alsoMilitant with Russian passport captured in Donbas warzoneHe noted that the latest developments follow the latest arrest of a Russian citizen Nikolay Pokusaev in the area of hostilities in Donbas on March 4.
"In particular, on the orders of the Russian command, all IDs are being currently seized from the so-called military of the so-called combined units of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps of the Russian occupation forces, that may indicate their Russian citizenship or service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation," Hutsuliak said.
As UNIAN reported, on March 5, it became known that servicemen of the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine captured a militant who was part of an illegal armed formation. The mand turned out to be a Russian citizen.