National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy has said that a significant amount of military equipment and soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces have been deployed close to the territories that border with Ukraine, and that they are prepared to act at any moment, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"In just the last twenty-four hours, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's saying there had been a withdrawal of Russian troops from our eastern border, we have the information that on June 15 the Russian armed forces redeployed close to the borders of Ukraine some subdivisions of the 76th Pskov Guards Air Assault Division, and also redeployed personnel using four Il-76 military transport aircraft – about 150 servicemen and equipment of the 76th Air Assault Division at airdrome Millerovo, which is 20 kilometers from the border with Ukraine,"- he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.
Meanwhile, first Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema said as many as 125 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine.
He also noted that most of the servicemen died when they moved in a plane or helicopter, or were sleeping, but very few of them were killed in the fighting, unlike members of illegal armed groups.
"The professional level of our army and the National Guard is very high today. Few servicemen die in the fighting, and I hope that the number of these facts will be even smaller," he said.