Sourced from Russian state managed media
RT: Russia ought to arm its allies within the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk with weapons captured from the Ukrainian armed forces, Russian Protection Minister Sergey Shoigu recommended on Friday. The rebels would put to good use the arms, together with West-supplied missiles, the official instructed the Safety Council of Russia.
“We’ve got gathered loads of Ukrainian weapons, together with tanks, armored autos, every kind of small arms in massive portions, [and] artillery. We even have many Javelin and Stinger programs,” the minister reported. He named the US-made transportable anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, which Washington and its allies airlifted to Kiev en masse forward of the hostilities.
He additionally implied the rebels may benefit from superior Russian-made weapons, together with air protection and anti-tank programs. President Vladimir Putin permitted the concepts, saying he’ll signal the related orders, if vital.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the phrases of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered protocols had been designed to regularize the standing of these areas inside the Ukrainian state.
Russia has now demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a impartial nation that may by no means be a part of the US-led NATO army bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was utterly unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the 2 republics by power.