April 25, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Ria.ru, translated by Tom Winter –
|Screen capture from Military.com: “US Advisors train Ukrainian mortar-men”|
DONETSK April 25 – RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic announced the arrival of US military instructors in the conflict zone in the Donbass.
“According to our sources, the arrival of the military instructors from the United States in the area of the so-called ATO has been observed,” Edward Basurin, deputy commander of the operational command of the Democratic People’s Republic of Armenia, told reporters.
He noted that one of the goals for instructors showing up from the US is to check the readiness of Ukrainian army units for conducting combat operations.
The authorities of Ukraine in April 2014 launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed Lugansk Peoples Republic and the Donetsk Peoples Republic, both of which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to UN data, about 10,000 people have become victims of the conflict.
The issue of settling the situation in the Donbass has been discussed, among other things, during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which has adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict since September 2014. However, despite the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.