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The Donetsk leader, one of the parting zones in eastern Ukraine, has denied that any Russian forces arrived there as tensions escalate around the border.

“There are no Russian soldiers here,” Dennis Poshilin said on Wednesday, adding that they were still possible to come.

“When and under what circumstances, the situation will say,” he said at a news conference. “It depends on how the situation develops from the Ukrainian side.”

Recruitment in the area is aimed at maintaining peace, not war, Pushilin said.

“Peaceful regulation requires dialogue,” he added. “So far… We just have no one to talk to.”

The regions have signed agreements with Moscow that allow them to call for military assistance from Russia in the event of a “full-scale attack” from Ukraine, he said.

“We know the weapons that Ukraine has, and on that basis we are building the front line of our resistance,” he said. “We reserve the right to ask Russia for help.”

Andrei Torchek, deputy head of the Federation Council of Russia, or the upper house of parliament, casts doubt on a possible dialogue.

“We exist mostly in different hemispheres,” Torczak said Wednesday. “For them, the Donbass is land; for us, it’s people. We will never agree here,” he said, referring to the eastern Ukraine region which includes part of Donetsk and Lukhansk, which declared independence in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea. The regions are culturally close to Russia and its people speak Russian.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed the claims of Russian-backed separatists to the entire Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. The rebels control about a third of what is a vital industrial zone.

Fushilin said it was too early to talk about reaching the area border. “We are not at this stage yet. We are at a stage where enemy soldiers are on the line of contact and can launch an attack at any time.”

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