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Up to 200 volunteers join militias ranks in Donetsk republic daily — DPR leader

March 13, 2015, 8:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Alexander Zakharchenko, in case of combat actions more than 4,000 people are ready to fight along with the territorial defense units and form the second defense line of the republic
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DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko (center)

DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko (center)

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MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Up to 200 volunteers join the ranks of militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic daily, the head of the republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said on Friday.

"Every day 100 to 200 volunteers join the forces," Zakharchenko said, explaining that the increase in the combat capabilities comes amid the lack of trust in the policy of the Ukrainian government.

"We are ready for any actions of Kiev, I will not lie," Zakharchenko stressed. "There is a strong mistrust in the Ukrainian government, its military and that’s why the key task here is to learn," he said.

The DPR leader said in case of combat actions more than 4,000 people are ready to fight along with the territorial defense units and form the second defense line of the republic.

Additional infantry battalions are also planned to be formed in the Donetsk republic. "As the latest campaign has shown, the war is won by infantry rather than the equipment," he said.

The Donetsk republic started mobilizing volunteers on February 9. Up to six new brigades are expected to be added to the forces.

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