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Russian military feign illness not to go to Donbas - Defense Ministry

The Russian servicemen feign illness in order not to go to war in Donbas, press secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for ATO Oleksandr Motuzianyk has told a Kyiv briefing today, according to a UNIAN correspondent.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

"The intelligence information that many of the Russian servicemen are trying to feign illness to avoid the tour of duty to eastern Ukraine, within the framework of the Russian occupation troops rotation in the winter-spring period of 2017, indicates the lack of discipline and motivation to wage war against Ukraine," the spokesperson said.

ATO HQ: Militants attack Ukraine 32 times in last day, 1 WIAReportedly, the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces is carrying out the selection of candidates for command positions in the army corps of the occupying forces in Donbas among the officers of Russian military districts.

Earlier, leader of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") Alexander Zakharchenko admitted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were able to launch an offensive in Donbas.

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