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Exclusive - Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement A destroyed T-72 tank, which presumably came from Russia, is seen on a battlefield near separatist-controlled Starobesheve, eastern Ukraine, ctober 2, 2! #$ %& 'AR(A TS)*T+)A A,- A.*+SA,-AR )AS)(/- Thu Oct 23, 2014 (Reuters) - The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles in fields near this small village bear itness to the ferocit! of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine #ost of
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  Exclusive - Charred tanks in Ukraine point to Russian involvement  A destroyed T-72 tank, which presumably came from Russia, is seen on a battlefield near separatist-controlled Starobesheve, eastern Ukraine, ctober 2, 2! #$ %& 'AR(A TS)*T+)A A A.*+SAAR )AS)(/-  Thu Oct 23, 2014 (Reuters) - The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armoured vehicles in fields near this small village bear itness to the ferocit! of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine #ost of the tanks ere used b! the government forces routed in $ugust near %orbatenko& ' km (* miles) southeast of the rebel stronghold of +onetsk& a defeat sodemoralising that da!s later ,iev agreed a ceasefire ith pro-Russian separatists   ut among the debris Reuters found the blackened carcasses of hat militar! experts have since identified as to Russian arm! tanks& supporting statements b! ,iev and the .est that the rebels ere backed b! troops and e/uipment sent b! #osco #osco denies the accusations though the rebels had been on the brink of defeat until late $ugust& hen the Ukrainian government sa!s the! received an in0ection of soldiersand eapons from Russia Reuters shoed photographs of the to badl! damaged tanks& one of hich had lost itsturret& to four independent militar! experts& ho said the! ere of a t!pe used exclusivel! b! the Russian arm!  $t least one& the! agreed& as a T-1# - a Russian-made modification of a ell knon 2oviet tank This version of the tank& the! said& is not knon to have been exported 34t is operated b! the Russian $rm! in large numbers& but cruciall! it is not knon to have been exported or operated outside of Russia&3 5oseph +empse!& a militar! anal!stfor the 6ondon-based 4nternational 4nstitute for 2trategic 2tudies& rote in late $ugust hen a tank like that as discovered on grain! footage of rebel convo! 3The presence of this variant in Ukraine therefore strongl! supports the contention that Russia is suppl!ing arms to separatist forces&3 +empse! said 2uch remarks clearl! undermine Russian denials of direct involvement in the conflict in Ukraine to ensure #osco maintains some influence and make governing Ukraine difficult as ,iev charts a .estard political and economic course The militar! experts shon photographs of the to tanks said the second as either the same as the first& a T-1#& or a slightl! different model& a T-17 #ore conclusive recognition is difficult because of the extent of the damage The 2oviet-made T-17& +empse! said& is not believed to be in active service in Ukraine& making it almost impossible that the separatists captured it in battle Ukraine8s 2ecurit! Council& hich groups the countr!8s top political& defence and securit! chiefs& said in 5une the separatists ere using T-1 tanks that could not have  been captured from the Ukrainian arm!   94ERCE $TT6E2,iev also said in late $ugust that Russian forces had entered Ukraine and occupied 2tarobeshevo& * km (three miles) from %orbatenko The Ukrainian +efence #inistr! did not respond to a re/uest b! Reuters for more details of the decisive battles that folloed soon afterards but Ukrainian soldiers caught in the battles sa! the! ere /uickl! overcome  $lexei ,oshelenko& ho said he as captured on $ug '-* near the ton of 4lova!sk& said: 3.e ere hit b! (multiple rocket launcher) ;rads and after that the troops 0ust sept us aa! .e ere completel! defeated ithin  minutes #an! of us ere killed& others are missing 33The! ere Russians&3 he said after being released ith other prisoners of ar Referring to a cit! < km ( miles) northeast of #osco& he said: 3The! said the!  ere an airborne assault battalion from ,ostroma 3The accounts of residents of %orbatenko& a village of a fe dozen inhabitants hich overlooks the fields that became the battlefield& also challenge Russia8s denials of direct intervention  =alentina 4vanovna& 1*& said she as slightl! ounded b! shrapnel hen fighting  became fierce in late $ugust 3.e sa an armoured convo! coming don here&3 she said 3The! had hite circles on the armour and hite flags but hose troops the! ere e don>t kno 3?either the rebels nor the Ukrainian forces have hite circles as their permanent recognised emblem ut another local resident& ho gave her name onl! as ?ina for fear of retribution& said she had been told the meaning of the hite circles in conversations ith passing soldiers ho identified themselves as Russian 3@ne of them told me: hite circles mean this is Russians&3 she said 3%e came to the last house for some ater to drink and 4 asked ho !ou can tell the difference beteen a Ukrainian or Russian %e said that if it8s us& there are hite circles on the tanks 3The to damaged tanks ere too badl! burned to have an! recognisable insignia but a destro!ed 2oviet-made #A- armoured personnel carrier a fe hundred metres aa! also bore a hite circle on its broken turret   Residents of areas on the Ukrainian side of the border ith Russia also reported seeingarmoured convo!s marked b! hite circles on $ug B To da!s later Reuters spotted an armoured convo! ith the same insignia on the Russian side of the border U,R$4?4$? $CCU2$T4@?2 $t the end of $ugust& Ukraine accused Russian troops of crossing the border To support the accusations& it released videotaped intervies ith Russian paratroopers captured b! Ukrainian forces in a village 7* km (nine miles) from %orbatenko The! said the! served in the Dth division based in the ton of 4vanovo in central Russia Russian Aresident =ladimir Autin said he believed the! had lost their a! and crossed the unmarked segment of the border unintentionall! The captured paratroopers ere later sent back to Russia  $nti-tank missiles fired near here the tanks ere destro!ed also appear to have srcinated in Russia because various used parts of ,ornet anti-tank guided missiles  ere left there Reuters shoed three militar! experts photographs of the missile parts and to of them said Ukraine does not have anti-tank guided missiles of this t!pe 3The presence of the ,ornet $T;# is noteorth! and hile it has been exported  idel! b! Russia this list does not include Ukraine $s such& it further supports Russian involvement&3 the 4nternational 4nstitute for 2trategic 2tudies told Reuters Trenches near the tanks also provided hat appeared to be more evidence of foreign troops - numerous empt! boxes of read!-to-eat meals that are used b! the Russian arm! Each box contains meals for one da!  $ Reuters reporter counted 7' packages of field rations ith 3not for sale3 labels and notes that the! ere produced for the Russian +efence #inistr!  $ spokesoman for =oentorg& the compan! in Russia that produces such meals for the Russian +efence #inistr!& confirmed the! cannot be sold  $bout * empt! bottles of mineral ater around the tanks bore labels identif!ing themas being produced in Russia8s 4vanovo province& the region here the division of the

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