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Russia denies massing troops on Ukrainian border

Published on Mar 23, 2014 7:51 PM
 
Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, supply an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in front of a Ukrainian marine base in the Crimean port city of Feodosia March 23, 2014. Russia's deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov denied on Sunday it was massing troops on the Ukrainian border, saying it was observing international agreements. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov denied on Sunday it was massing troops on the Ukrainian border, saying it was observing international agreements.

"The Russian defence ministry is observing all the international agreements on limiting the numbers of troops in regions bordering Ukraine," Mr Antonov told journalists, cited by the Interfax news agency.

"Russia's armed forces are not carrying out any unannounced military activity that could threaten the security of neighbouring states," Mr Antonov added.

Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council chief Andriy Parubiy warned on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was ready to attack Ukraine with "troops massed at the border."

 
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