NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claimed Wednesday that he believed that Russia was using its military exercises to conceal the transfer of troops to Ukraine.
"We should yet again explain to our partners in Brussels and Washington that the training range 'Ashuluk' and 'Kapustin Yar', where the drills are held, are almost 800 kilometers away from the southeast of Ukraine. While 'Pemba' training ground is located in northern Russia, almost three thousand kilometers away from Donetsk", Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters Thursday.
On Monday, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said that Russia had notified the members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe about its military drills in the country's Central Military District.
Nevertheless, the Kremlin has dismissed the claims as not corroborated by any evidence. Moscow does not deny, however, that some Russian nationals are fighting in Donbass as volunteers.