Putin recognizes presence of "certain military, militia" formations in Donbas, talks about "massacre"
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said there is no Russian army in Donbas, but recognizes the creation of "certain military, militia" formations, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"There is no Russian army on the territory of Donbas, but there have actually been established certain military, militia formations that are self-sufficient and ready to repel any large-scale military actions against Donbas," he said at an annual press conference December 14.
At the same time, Putin claims that the creation of such formations corresponds to the interests of people living in the temporarily occupied territories.
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