Kiev fails to provide copies of ‘Russian soldier’ passports

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Kiev fails to provide copies of 'Russian soldier' passports

During his address at the Munich Security Conference, Ukrainian President Poroshenko showed off copies of Russian passports that he claimed belonged to Russian soldiers found on Ukrainian soil. Yet, Ukraine is unable to provide Moscow with copies of the passports 

Sputnik news reports: Kiev has failed to provide Moscow with copies of documents, allegedly belonging to Russian servicemen fighting in Ukraine, a Russian foreign ministry official told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

Addressing the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko showed off covers of Russian passports and military IDs, claiming they prove “Russian presence” in the conflict-torn East Ukraine.

Moscow then asked Kiev to provide copies of the documents on Saturday evening, as “document covers like the ones shown yesterday can easily be bought on the street market,” Viktor Sorokin, head of the Second CIS Department at Russia’s foreign ministry, said.

“Currently, there is no real evidence, the Ukrainian side failed to provide copies of these documents,” Sorokin said.

Kiev has been blaming Moscow of assisting the mostly Russian-speaking independence supporters in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have carried out a military operation since April 2014.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not involved in the Ukrainian conflict in any way, rejecting claims that Russia provides Ukrainian pro-independence militia with military assistance.

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