Oleksandr Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, admitted that a certain number of Russians are fighting for the militia but insisted that all of them are volunteers.
"We have never concealed it from anyone that there are a lot of Russians among us, without whose assistance it would've been really hard for us to fight. There are a lot of former career military men among Russian volunteers here, they are fighting together with us and understand that this is their duty," Zakharchenko said on Rossiya-24 news television channel.
"Moreover, I'll be even more sincere to tell you that some active military servicemen are fighting among us too, who have preferred to spend their vacation not on a beech but among us, their brothers fighting for our freedom," Zakharchenko said.
"There have been some 3,000-4,000" volunteers from Russia in Donbas, he said.
"A lot of them have already gone home, and more of them remain here. Unfortunately, some of Russian volunteers have been killed," he said.
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