Kyiv, July 23, 2014 – The actions of terrorists and the supply of military equipment and weapons are coordinated by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. This was stated by Andriy Gerashchenko, advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), during a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. “The MIA received indisputable evidence of the Russian Defense Minister Segey Shoigu’s involvement in handing over arms to the terrorists, as well as “Grad” systems, tanks and artillery. He is also the centerpiece of control over all weapons supplies and coordination of various groups of mercenaries. We are working on verifying the information that it was Shoigu who approved supplying the “Buk M1” to the terrorists in eastern Ukraine to enable them shoot down Ukrainian jets,” – noted the Minister’s advisor.
According to Anton Gerashchenko, at the beginning the terrorists’ actions were coordinated by the FSB and MIH. Taking into account the lack of consistency and efficiency of action, the decision to give these powers to Shoigu directly has been made. “Before, some groups of terrorists were governed by the FSB, others by that MIH of the General Headquarters of the Russian armed forces. As of today the decision has been made that Mr. Shoigu will command all of the terrorists,” – added Gerashchenko.