The spokesperson of the government’s Anti-Terrorist Operation headquarters, Andriy Lysenko, at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday said a record amount of Russian military hardware was spotted crossing into Ukraine from Russia overnight.

"Despite the statements of high-ranking officials of the Russian Federation regarding the absence of Russian military equipment and troops on the territory of Ukraine, on the night of February 12, the movement of 50 tanks, 40 Grad, Uragan and Tornado multiple rocket launcher systems and the same number of armored vehicles was observed crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border in the area of Izvarino," Lysenko said.

Despite peace talks being held in Minsk, the fighting on the ground in eastern Ukraine continues. Ukrainian troops are under continual attack in the town of Debaltseve between the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk by Russian-backed militants.

In the south of the country, the Azov volunteer battalion said it was attacked three times by militants after the Ukrainian force advanced and took ground from the enemy. The battalion said it repulsed all of the militant attacks.