According to Seleznyov, on the border with Ukraine are concentrated 50,000 Russian soldiers, Joinfo.ua reports.
“Thus, the Russian Federation is trying to put pressure on Ukraine, which has taken a principled, uncompromising stance in the talks in Minsk,” said Seleznyov.
He also notes that the shelling of Mariupol, carried out by pro-Russian rebels in the night from Sunday to Monday, August 17, also indicates that the enemy uses “any options aimed at maximizing the aggravation of the situation in the ATO zone.”
“Representatives of the so-called DPR and LPR are not looking for peace, but stir up the situation,” said Seleznyov.
So far, there was no reaction from Russia.
Earlier, the press center of the ATO reported that over the past 24 hours militants had fired at the positions of the Ukrainian military 86 times.