Russia concentrating additional air defense systems in Donbas – ambassador Pyatt
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt has said that the Russian military has concentrated a considerable number of heavy artillery and additional air defense systems in Donbas.
Pyatt said on Twitter that Russian and separatist militants continue to violate the conditions of the latest Minsk agreement, which was signed in mid February, and have concentrated a large number of artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems in areas outside the ceasefire zone.
He said that the Russian army and the militants have significant concentrations of command and control centers in Donbas and the highest concentration of Russian air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since last August.
Pyatt said that Russia has beefed up its forces along the international border with the largest concentration of Russian troops there since October 2014, and has re-deployed military forces near Belgorod, which is close to Kharkiv.
He went on to say that Russia, jointly with separatists, is carrying out complex military drills in eastern Ukraine.
The complex character of the exercises leaves no doubt of Russia involvement, Pyatt said, adding that Russian drones are also involved in the drills.