Ukraine military explain delayed response to Russian invasion in 2014
The General Staff says, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have only received confirmed intelligence on the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine on 25 August, 2014, just hours before the actual Russian offensive operation, according to Colonel Viktor Shidliukh, representative of the Central Research Insitute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
"Information about the invasion is coming all the time, but mostly it is fake. We did not expect that Russia would resort to full-scale invasion, without declaring a war," said Shidlyukh during a briefing in Kyiv while presenting a report of General Staff of the Defense Ministry on the progress of military operations in the summer of 2014, according to Ukrainska Pravda.
According to the General Staff, Russian troops invaded in two directions: toward Mariupol and south of Luhansk. And in each direction "four groups of forces of the Russian Federation were involved."
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