19:17 GMT07 August 2020
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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on Monday on the Ukrainian military's claims of Russian reinforcements near its borders.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia is free to change the configuration of its Armed Forces within its territory as it sees fit, Peskov said Monday in response to the reports.

    "Russia, first of all, is free to change the configuration of the armed forces on its territory in accordance with the degree to which it is deemed appropriate," Peskov told reporters.

    He referred further comment to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    Kiev entered into deadly armed confrontation with Donbass militia in 2014, after the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power in what they perceive to be a coup. The sides to the conflict continue to exchange fire, despite the ceasefire deal that reached in Minsk in February 2015. The peace deal was brokered by the so-called Normandy Four (Normandy Quartet) that comprises Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.


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