A Russian court’s fraud conviction has inadvertently revealed the deployment of Russian troops in the separatist-controlled regions Donetsk and Luhansk of eastern Ukraine.
The ruling was first discovered by Ukrainian war journalist Andriy Tsaplienko who tried to link the case to allegations of Russian intervention in Ukraine.
According to the ruling, Tekhnologiya senior manager V.N. Zabaluev was buying, stocking, and selling food to Russian troops stationed in eastern Ukraine.
Zabulev was convicted for bribery after he was found guilty of transferring 990,000 rubles ($13,500) from his boss to a military epidemiological official in order to get contracts.
“This food was intended to be sent to military units of the Russian Armed Forces stationed on the territory of the DNR and LNR,” said the Kirovsky District Court.
Kremlin denied the allegations and said that the facts have not been properly checked by the court.
“Probably, we are talking about the mistake of those who wrote this text. Because this is impossible. There are no RF Armed Forces on the territory of the self-proclaimed republics. There has never been and there is. The RF Armed Forces are on the territory of the Russian Federation,” said Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
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