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Almost 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine: Official

Published on Mar 27, 2014 10:44 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine's border, a top Ukrainian defence official told an American audience on Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates.

"Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ... of Kharkiv, Donetsk," Mr Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev.

"Russian troops are not in Crimea only, they are along all Ukrainian borders. They're in the south, they're in the east and in the north," he said.

After its intervention in the Crimean peninsula, Russia is plotting to foment separatist sentiment elsewhere and Kiev fears a possible incursion in the country's east, he told the Atlantic Council, a Washington think-tank.

 
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