“These my words were taken out of context. Indeed, on January 29, during a press conference, I said that "we are not conducting military operations with units of the regular troops of the Russian army." At that time, the really confirmed direct clashes with the regular troops of the Russian Federation were not documented, ”said Muzhenko.
According to him, the Ministry of Defense already "has confirmed the facts of the participation of regular troops of the Russian Federation, in particular in battles in the settlements of Chernukhino, Logvinovo and Debaltseve, during February of this year", but the Ukrainian Armed Forces "thwarted plans for the further offensive of the Russian army."
The general claims that the 15-I separate motorized rifle brigade of the second army of the Central Military District of Russia, the Eighth separate motorized rifle brigade, the 331 th airborne regiment from Kostroma 98 th airborne division, continue to be in Novorossia, etc.
Referring to the issue of demobilization, Muzhenko noted that the process here is hampered due to the lack of professionals in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, however, to date, about 30 thousand troops have been demobilized from the army (about 80%).
“We expect that all mobilization mobilized during the first stage will be able to leave home no later than May 5 – 7,” he said.