" There are not only the insurgents fighting against us on the occupied territories, but the regular servicemen of the Armed Forces of Russian Federation. It is about 40 thousand of armed, well-equipped soldiers," he said.
Smeshko emphasized that Ukraine badly needs assistance from the West, weapons in particular. "We are negotiating with the U.S. government. Frankly, the U.S. government is the only one which we have the most extensive dialogue with and which is trying to aid us," the adviser to the president said.