7 Flashback: Putin admits Russian involvement in Ukraine
17 Dec 2015
Vladimir Putin admitted to deploying Russian military specialists to eastern Ukraine, dropping nearly two years of denials that Russian servicemen were involved in the conflict there.
Speaking at an annual televised press conference, Mr Putin denied that “regular forces” were involved in the conflict, but conceded that “people dealing with tasks…in the military sphere,” had been involved in the conflict.
“We never said that there weren’t people there dealing with certain tasks, including in the military sphere,” he said, when challenged by a Ukrainian journalist about two captured Russian officers
held in Ukraine.
Sergey Polkanov, Russian soldier with Igla-S (SA-24) SAM near Donetsk in Ukraine. The military unit of the soldier was identified. That is 205th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade. The Igla-S (SA-24) is manufactured in Russia and has never been operated by the Ukrainian Army.
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