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"In a number of units, officers of the Russian armed forces who arrived from Russia provided a 100% replacement," the statement reads.

“The officers who were replaced are being sent back to Russia," reads the message.

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"The reason for the emergency rotation of advisers and instructors is currently unknown," Tymchuk said.