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“As we know, around 50,000 servicemen of the Russian Federation are present on the state border between Ukraine and Russia. In such a manner, Russia is trying to exert pressure on the Ukrainian side, which has taken an uncompromising and firm stance at the negotiations in Minsk,” he said at a briefing in Kyiv on Aug. 18.

Selezniov also said that the events in Sartana (a neighborhood of Mariupol) on Monday night once again proves that “the militants do not [have any] scruples to use any means to maximally escalate the situation in the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone.”

“Representatives of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ and ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ are not looking for peace, but [want to] whip up tensions at most,” he added.

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