Russia's Medvedev visits Donetsk


Published: 2023-09-26 20:19

Last Updated: 2023-12-07 08:24

Russia's Medvedev visits Donetsk
Russia's Medvedev visits Donetsk

Russia's former leader Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday he visited troops near the frontline in the eastern Donetsk region, upon orders from President Vladimir Putin, AFP reported.

"On the instructions of the president, I visited a firing range near the contact line on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic," said Medvedev, who formerly served as president and prime minister.

"The servicemen are demonstrating excellent combat qualities of will, firmness and a general attitude to victory," Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chairman of the Kremlin's Security Council, said in a video posted on social media.

He added that "over 325,000 people" had been recruited into the Russian armed forces since the start of the year -- up from the figure of 280,000 he gave at the start of the month.

AFP was not able to independently verify these numbers.