“There is not a single Russian who has invaded Ukraine and we need proof of the existence of Russian armed forces [there]. We have seen no proof,” Pushkov said during a PACE discussion on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.
Last week, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council claimed that two battalion tactical groups from the Russian Armed Forces had apparently crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.
The plenary sitting for Russia's credentials is expected to be held Wednesday evening.
PACE's five-day winter session began Monday. The event's agenda includes the crisis in Ukraine
Since the start of the government forces' military assault on eastern Ukraine's independence supporters in April 2014, Kiev and the West have repeatedly accused Russia of intervening in the Ukrainian crisis. The accusations went as far as to claim that Moscow sent troops and weapons to help the independence militias.
However, the Kremlin has dismissed the claims as not corroborated by any evidence.