Sending military instructors to Ukraine may escalate conflict - Russian envoy to NATO

The sending by some countries, in particular, the UK and Poland, of military instructors to Ukraine will not promote the implementation of the Minsk agreements and will aggravate the situation, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said.

"The measures taken by some countries to provide military assistance obviously contradict the spirit and provisions of the Minsk agreements, which aim to ensure a long-term political settlement, and can only further escalate the situation," Grushko told Interfax in a phone conversation from Brussels on Thursday.

The British command earlier stated its intention to send 75 military instructors to Ukraine.

Poland, for its part, also expressed its intention to send up to 100 military inspectors to Ukraine to train junior officers.

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