Russia sent 'several hundred' troops into Ukraine: US official
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Russia has sent "several hundred" troops into Ukraine's Crimea region, US defense officials said on Friday, after Kiev called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the peninsula.
The comments marked the first confirmation from President Barack Obama's administration that Russia had launched an incursion into Crimea.
"It looks like they've moved several hundred troops there (into Crimea)," a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
The Russians had not given the US government advance notice of the action or explained its intentions since the operation was launched, officials said.