August 5, 2014
About 45.000 Russian soldiers are located along Ukrainian state border.
This and the following news have been reported today by NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko during a daily press briefing in Kyiv.
Ukrainian armed forces continue operation on the territories temporarily occupied by Russian mercenaries.
Yesterday evening aviation of Ukrainian armed forces inflicted powerful strikes having destroyed concentrations of terrorists and military equipment that were located beyond settlements.
During the last 24 hours the ATO forces had 26 armed conflicts with terrorists in the area of a number of settlements.
There’s an ongoing artillery and mortar shelling of the positions of the ATO forces from the territory of Russian Federation. Also there were armed clashes of Ukrainian frontier guards with terrorists.
During the last 24 hours there were registered facts of aerial reconnaissance using drones in the areas of Donetsk and Kherson oblasts. Yesterday there were registered 5 facts of violation of Ukrainian border by Russian drones.
A number of new sub-nits of Russian armed forces were detected located close to Ukrainian border.
Yesterday Defense Ministry of Russia Federation began massive military trainings with the usage of more than a 100 combat aircrafts including fighters Su-27 and MiG – 31, multi-functional complexes Su-34, front-line bombers Su-24, helicopters Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-28H, an also air defense systems. According to Russian Defense Ministry training will last until August 8.
Ukraine sees such unprecedented military training at Ukrainian border as provocation. Head of U.S. State Department Press Service Jen Psaki also spoke about deep concern of the White House with Russian ‘provocative’ air force and air defense trainings in regions close to Ukrainian border. She also once again accused Russian of transmission of weapon to fighters in Eastern Ukraine including volley fire systems.
The total number of units of Russian Armed Forces and Interior troops accumulated along Ukrainian state border is about 45.000 people, 160 tanks, up to 1360 armoured combat vehicles, up to 350 artillery systems, 130 missile volley-fire systems, 192 combat aircraft, 137 attack helicopters.
In the night from August 4 to August 5 officers of Ukrainian security service detained diversionary group that planned to carry out several terrorist acts. The group included Ukrainian citizens hired by Russian reconnaissance. The detained had more that 8 kilos of self-made explosives. The detainees are giving testimonies.