Poroshenko says over 40,000 Russian troops in occupied Donbas

10:07, 21 June 2017
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announces that over 40,000 Russian regular troops and Russian-backed military forces are now deployed in occupied areas in Ukraine, according to Fox News.

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"We have a very well-coordinated exchange of intelligence data with NATO, with the U.S., with our European partners. Today we have more than 3,000 regular Russian troops on my territory, plus the Russian-operated proxies – all together more than 40,000," Poroshenko told Fox News in an exclusive interview amid his working visit to Washington, D.C., on June 20.

Read alsoRussian proxies lob over 60 shells into Ukraine positions near Krymske in DonbasHe also briefed on the presence of Russian military hardware in the occupied areas.

"And we have more [Russian] tanks, more multi-rocket launch systems, more artillery on this occupied territory than the Bundeswehr in Germany," he added.

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