Putin aide denies arms claims

MOSCOW – A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying claims by Ukrainian separatists that they have received a large shipment of weapons and armoured vehicles from Moscow.

“We have repeatedly said that no equipment is being sent there,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Govorit Moskva radio on Sunday.

The Putin aide did not mention the rebels’ additional claim of having been sent a fresh injection of troops trained “on Russian territory”.

The self-proclaimed head of the Donetsk People’s Republic told a rebel meeting in a video posted on YouTube that their units had been reinforced by 1200 fighters “who have received four months of training on Russian territory”.

Separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko added that Russia had also secretly sent 30 tanks and 120 items of other military hardware using border crossings under insurgent control.

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