Russia financed militants who tried to break through Ukrainian army's defense near Krasnohorivka in July 2017 - PGO

The attempt by militants to break through the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Krasnohorivka in July 2017 was made with the financial and material support of representatives of the authorities and the command of the Russian Armed Forces, the media liaisons department of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has reported.

"The pre-trial investigation found that at about 04.15 on July 20, 2017, militants of the 'first army corps of the people's militia' of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), with financial and material support from representatives of the authorities and the command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, made an attempt to break through the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the town of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk region," reads a statement posted on the PGO website on Tuesday, February 27.

The PGO said that as a result of the fighting, the Ukrainian army had liquidated four members of a subversive and DPR reconnaissance group, one of whom was a Russian citizen.

"At the same time, three soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were killed during the combat clash, which led to serious consequences," the press service added.

"During the inspection of the scene of the incident, a large number of firearms and explosive weapons were found, including a 40mm grenade launcher, which according to the expert's conclusion is a 40mm grenade launcher 6G34 (GP-34) of industrial production intended for firing 40mm shots VOG-25, VOG-25P. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the mentioned 6G34 (GP-34) under-barrel grenade launcher is in service with the Russian Armed Forces," the report says.

It was also established that the liquidated members of the subversive and reconnaissance group were dressed in military uniforms (bulletproof vests, military helmets, etc.), which were manufactured in Russia (Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, etc.).

A number of medicines produced in Russia were also seized during the inspection the scene of the clash.

The received evidence of Russia's financing illegal armed formations in Donetsk region was transferred to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry for use in international judicial institutions.