Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ukraine: Photos 'show Russian troops' in east

April 21 (BBC News Europe) The US State Department has released photos of soldiers in eastern Ukraine, which it says show that some of the fighters are Russian special forces. The BBC is unable to verify the pictures, which were provided by Ukrainian diplomats. The photos appeared to identify Russian soldiers, and show similarly equipped and armed fighters in different cities in eastern Ukraine. There was no immediate response to the pictures from the Russian government. Pro-Russian militants are holding official buildings in towns and cities in the east. However, Russia has denied it has any soldiers in Ukraine. The photos, provided to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, appeared to show the same man taking part in operations in Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, and in operations in Georgia in 2008.
Diplomats said the soldier circled in red was seen in both Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, and in a photo (centre) showing a group in the Russian Special Forces

Ukrainian diplomats said the fighters in Kramatorsk (left) and Sloviansk were similarly equipped and armed
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