KYIV, March 24 /Ukrinform/. Russia continues sending organized groups to Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions to increase provocations and destabilize the situation.
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said this at a briefing on Monday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“The Russian side continues forming organized groups to send them to the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine with the aim of destabilizing the situation,” Perebyinis said.
The diplomat also said that former employees of the Interior Troops and the Ukrainian Interior Ministry were being sent from Crimea to southeastern regions “to establish cooperation with local pro-Russian organizations to carry out provocations.”
Perebyinis also recalled that a great number of Russian troops and their active movement were being observed in the border regions of Ukraine.
Moreover, according to the diplomat, the number of Russian troops is continuing to grow in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. At present, their number has exceeded 22,000 soldiers, of whom about 10,500 are servicemen of the formations and units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.