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Ukraine LiveBlog Day 296
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Russian Military Specialists Dispatched To Donetsk To 'Help De-escalate' Conflict
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Russia's Interfax news agency reports that a group of military specialists under the command of Lieutenant General Aleksandr Lentsov has been dispatched to the Donetsk region in Ukraine.

General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of staff of the Russian armed forces, said that the mission had been requested by his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Muzhenko.

Interfax reports:

"Representatives of the Russian armed forces led by Lt. Gen. Alexander Lentsov have been sent to the community of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region at Ukrainian armed forces chief of staff Col. Gen. Viktor Muzhenko's request," Gerasimov said at a meeting with military attaches of a number of foreign countries on Wednesday.

"This mission has been tasked, together with the OSCE, with helping the conflicting parties, which are the Ukrainian forces and the local militia, to find compromise solutions on de-escalating the tension and withdrawing the troops from the contact line," he said.

Gerasimov reiterated the Kremlin's demonstrably falsifiable line that "Russia is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine," claiming that the conflict directly contradicts Russia's interests.

Instead, he blamed the West for his military's well documented invasion of Ukraine (translated by The Interpreter):

"I will speak frankly, it's not easy. Were it not for the constant outside interference from representatives of a number of European countries, members of NATO and the USA, the problematic issues would be solved far faster."

-- Pierre Vaux