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U.S. Department of State announces record concentration of Russian air defense systems in Donbas

The U.S. Department of State says that since August 2014 in the Donbas there has been the largest number of Russian air defense systems.

U.S. Department of State announces record concentration of Russian air defense systems in Donbas

The U.S. Department of State has noticed the record concentration of Russian air defense systems of Donbas since August 2014. It was announced by Jeff Rathke, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, Joinfo.ua reports.

"Russian and separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. Also, the Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer the front lines," said the representative of the State Department.

According to him, This is the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment in eastern Ukraine since August. "Russian support to the separatists is essential to their – to the military activity they've been able to carry out," he said.

According to Rathke, once again Russia intends to increase its military presence along the border with Ukraine.

"The United States has been clear that the Minsk agreements remain the best chance for a lasting and comprehensive solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, and we call again on Russia and the separatists it backs to implement their commitments under the agreements," he said.