Russian Senator pointed to the main sponsor of the “separatist groups” in Donbas

Sergei Tsekov

The perpetrators of the attacks on Avdiivka “independent groups” are receiving ongoing financial support from Kiev, said a member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Sergei Tsekov. This opinion he expressed in an interview with “” on Tuesday, January 31.

“They exist not through donations, but through actual funding from Kiev. They are on the payroll are all there,” said the Senator, adding that the actions of the so-called volunteer corps koordiniruyutsya the Ukrainian authorities.

According to Tsekov, Kiev accused Russia of escalating tensions in the South-East of Ukraine, because I didn’t expect to get a serious response from the armed forces of the breakaway Donetsk national Republic (DND). “They didn’t expect that. Very large losses of the Ukrainian armed forces. Naturally, they howled”, — he stressed.

Earlier on Monday, press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow has accurate information that the attack on Avdiyivka began the “independent units” with artillery support APU Ukraine.

The Ukrainian foreign Ministry, in turn, demanded the “immediate cessation of hostilities”.

Fierce fighting in the vicinity of the Town (the town is about 20 kilometers from Donetsk) continue for several days. The purpose of the Ukrainian troops is industrial zone near Yasynuvata interchange. This transport node is considered key because it connects Donetsk and Gorlovka.

The armed confrontation began in the Donbass in the spring of 2014. According to the UN, the fighting has already killed more than 9.5 thousand people.