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U.S. counts Russian troops in Donbas

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, Commander of U.S. forces in Europe, said that according to the intelligence service reports, the Russian troops in the amount of 12 thousand people are composed of military advisers, advanced weapons operators and personnel of the front-line troops.

U.S. counts Russian troops in Donbas

Speaking in Berlin on the opportunity for the U.S. to provide Ukraine with weapons, Hodges said that such a move would increase the stake for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"When mothers start seeing sons come home dead, when that price goes up, then that domestic support begins to shrink," the General said.

He noted that poorly armed and poorly trained Ukrainian troops can not stop the aggression of the Russian military personnel, who have gain experience in other 'hot' spots. In addition, the Kremlin has invested heavily in the war against Ukraine and supplied modern weapons Kyiv does not have.

Hodges believes that only delivery of modern weapons to protect its borders will help Ukraine in the hybrid war conducted by Putin.

The White House has not yet made a decision on arms deliveries to Ukraine, but on March 3, Barack Obama signed the document extending the sanctions against Russia. According to many Western politicians, tougher sanctions against Russia would be a more effective way to help Ukraine than arms deliveries.