A court in southern Russia’s Rostov region ruled a case in December in which the accused testified that he was responsible for delivering food to Russian army units in eastern Ukraine. The ruling stated that a convoy of 70 trucks loaded with foodstuffs was sent every two weeks to the eastern region of Ukraine for Russian soldiers stationed there.
But Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, told reporters on Thursday that the wording of the ruling appeared to contain errors. “Maybe we are talking about a mistake made by someone who wrote this document, because it is impossible.” Peskov stressed. “There has never been a Russian power in the territory of the unilaterally declared republics (the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic),” He said.
But he added that Russia sends humanitarian aid to the breakaway republics on a regular basis. The court document states that aid was sent to this area in 2018 and 2019. “The supplies were to be sent to the military units of the Russian Federation deployed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the LRR,” he added. Court claims.
The lawsuit, which highlighted the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, concerns a man known as VN Zabalujev, who worked for a local company as a deputy regional director responsible for delivering food to the military. The court sentenced him to five years in prison for bribing officials in 2019.
The press office of the court in the Rostov region later issued a statement on Thursday, according to which the local court, which heard the man’s testimony, did not verify its authenticity. “It was not the subject of legal proceedings,” “The court could not and did not verify this part of the statement,” the court’s press office said. The news comes at a time when Kiev blames Moscow for amassing about 100,000 troops on its border, which has raised Western fears about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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