Ukrainian troops are using lethal weapons obtained from Poland and Italy, a pro-Russian rebel official charges. Alexander Brovko, a spokesman for the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic, said Friday that rebel fighters had discovered land mines around an airport in the Luhansk region of Donbas that could have only been placed there by Ukrainian troops. As yet, no Western country has authorized the sending of lethal aid into Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian military have been using mortar, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines made in Italy and Poland, as well as those of origins unknown to us,” Brovko told the Russian news agency Tass. He also said other foreign ammunition was discovered during clearing of debris at the same airport.

Kiev has denied that it has any foreign weapons. “Unfortunately, in over 18 months of the war in Ukraine, we could not persuade our strategic counterparts to unblock the military-technical cooperation,” Olexandr Turchynov, head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said Friday. “Till now, supplies of lethal weapons and modern military technologies are blocked, and there is only one way out for us — to rely exclusively on own capacities and on own potential.”

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