Ukraine says Russia recruiting mercenaries, sending weapons to eastern Ukraine

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The national flag of Ukraine flies over the town of Kramatorsk, Ukraine November 25, 2021. Picture taken with a drone on November 25, 2021. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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KYIV, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military intelligence said on Friday that Russia was actively recruiting mercenaries and sending them for intensive training in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

It said in a statement that fuel, several tanks, artillery and mortars had been secretly taken to the area from Russia.

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Reporting by Natalia Zinets, writing by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Alex Richardson

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