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Putin acknowledged the presence of the Russian military in Donbas

Answering the question of Ukrainian journalist at the annual press conference, Vladimir Putin acknowledged the presence of the Russian military in Donbas
Putin acknowledged the presence of the Russian military in Donbas

On Thursday December 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a three-hours annual press conference, responding questions from about 1400 journalists. Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbalyuk said greetings from Russian commandos Yerofeyev and Alexandrov and asked when Russia would leave Ukraine in peace, Joinfo.ua reports.

“You say that there are no Russian troops in the territory of Ukraine, so I would like to say hello from Yerofeyev and Alexandrov, the two commandos from Togliatti (Russian town – Ed.),” – said Roman Tsymbalyuk, UNIAN agency correspondent.

“We have never said that there are no people who are solving certain military issues. But it does not mean that there are regular Russian troops there. You should feel the difference,” – Putin responded.

Roman Tsymbalyuk also asked whether the two commandos would be exchanged for Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klyha and other Ukrainians being detained in Russian prisons as political prisoners. Vladimir Putin said that it should be an even exchange.

Tsymbalyuk also asked whether Russia will leave Ukraine in peace from January 1, 2016 after implementation of the Minsk Agreement.

“We are not interested in the continuation of the conflict in Donbas, we want it to come to peace as soon as possible,” – said Putin.