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 Militants build up military capability: 94 tanks delivered from Russia to Donbas in 2016, - military intelligence agency

94 tanks were delivered in the territory of the occupied Luhansk and Donetsk regions since the beginning of 2016. The militants are actually building up military capability.

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Main Intelligence Directorate Deputy Director Vadym Skybytskyi said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel, Censor.NET reports.

"According to our information, 94 tanks were delivered in the territory of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions since the beginning of 2016. 94 tanks are a tank regiment. It is a great threat as tank is an offensive type of weapon. The militants need them badly today. Besides, the militants are supplied with a great number of ammunition. In fact, we are witnessing accumulation of weapons, military equipment and ammunition. According to our estimates, the amount of available equipment and weapons does not allow the first and second army corps to launch large-scale offensive to date," Main Intelligence Directorate Deputy Director said.

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"Apparently that was the reason why the Russian Federation decided to build up these groups in the occupied territories. They finished conducting battalion task force exercises when it became possible. Now they initiated the new stage of training of both first and second army corps - the task force shakedown. They will be ready to carry out brigade task force exercises approximately in mid-April. In mid-April, they will reach the peak, when either a tank or a mechanized infantry brigade will be able to launch an offensive right away, following the shakeup at the ground," Skybytskyi said.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n377716
 
 
 
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