March 15 – “Approximately 8.6 thousand soldiers of the Russian troops are currently located in Donbas. Together with illegal armed formations of so called People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, the Russian group of troops amounts to more than 43 thousand militants, approximately 780 tanks, 1030 armoured vehicles, 500 artillery systems, almost 420 MLRS, 7 flame throwers “Buratino,” nearly 130 air defence systems,” – said Deputy Chief of Staff of the ATO in sector C Valentyn Fedychev.
March 15 – After the events at Independence Square (Maidan) in Kyiv in winter of 2014, Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were ready for any scenario – Moscow was ready to bring its nuclear forces to alert, – stated Russian President Vladimir Putin in a film about the annexation of the Crimea “Crimea. The way home.”
March 15 – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of violating the ceasefire and said that Minsk agreements have failed: since the beginning of a full ceasefire on February 15th, it has been violated 1100 times. This was stated by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in an interview to Bild newspaper before he left for Germany. Also the President noted that the OSCE observers do not have proper access to be able to fully control the process of withdrawal of heavy weapons. The President called to respond to violations of Minsk agreements by increased sanctions against Russia.
March 15 – To Crimea for the disarmament of the Ukrainainn soldiers, the Main Reconnaissance Department of the Russian Federation was sent. This is presented in the movie about the annexation of Crimea, “Crimea -The Road to the Fatherland,” which will be transmitted on the Russian television channel, Russia 1,” stated RF President Volodymyr Putin. “In order to block and disarm 20,000 individuals, well armed, it is necessary to have a certain selection of personnel. This means not only in terms of numbers, but also in terms of quality. Professionals were needed who know how to do this. Therefore, I delegated the task and provided directions to the Ministry of Defense what to hide under the guise of increasing the guards for our army objects in Crimea, to send there the special sub-units of the Main Reconnaissance Managers and units of the land navy soldiers, the paratroopers.
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