deeply concerned with the military exercises "Caucasus
2016" which are being held on the occupied territories and near
the border of Ukraine. The massive build-up of
the Russian joint military force grouping in the occupied
territories and on the border of Ukraine, bringing it to the highest
alert constitute an increasing immediate military threat to
guise of a sudden inspection of the combat readiness of the Russian Armed
Forces on August 25-31, which had in fact become an
initial phase of the "Caucasus-2016" military
exercises, Russia has concentrated on the south-western
direction a joint military force grouping of about 100,000 soldiers
(including about 41,000 near the borders of Ukraine), more than
2,500 combat vehicles, 60 ships, 400 aircrafts and helicopters.
More than 11,000 soldiers were redeployed to the Southern Military District
from other districts of Russia.
be underlined that in the military
doctrine of Russian Federation such steps, namely deployment
(build-up) by a foreign state of military units in the areas adjacent to Russia
including with the aim of exerting political and military
pressure, are defined as one of the main external military threats.
These provocative actions
of the aggressor state take place against the backdrop
of the blocking by Russia of the Minsk process, its failure to
fulfill the security provisions of the Minsk agreements and escalation in the
Donbas. Explicitly provocative actions of the Russian
Federation negate international efforts to stabilize the situation in
Donbas and threaten the regional stability.
noteworthy that on the backdrop of the
"Caucasus-2016" military exercises, command and staff
exercises of the 1 and 2 army corps of the Russian occupation troops in Donbas
are being held on 5-9 September. Such practice
has recently become regular as all measures of operational and combat
training of these units take place within the integrated system of the Russian
armed forces under control of members of the General Staff and the Southern
Military Command District of Russia.
urges Russia to stop provocative build-up of its military presence in the
occupied territories and near the border with Ukraine and take steps
to reduce tensions. We call on the international community and partners of
Ukraine to undertake measures to encourage Russia to give up provocations
and actions aimed at the destruction of the global and regional security.