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Ukraine denounces Russian 'provocations,' troop build-up

Published on Mar 17, 2014 8:37 PM
 
People hold Ukrainian flags as they gather in front of the Parliament in Kiev on March 17, 2014. Ukraine's Foreign Minister denounced Russian "provocations" on Monday, warning of a troop build-up on the border and the presence of "political tourists" in its eastern regions. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Ukraine's Foreign Minister denounced Russian "provocations" on Monday, warning of a troop build-up on the border and the presence of "political tourists" in its eastern regions.

"We are very much concerned by the number of Russian troops on the (border)," Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said after talks with Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Kiev's interim government was also worried by "the number of Russian political tourists in eastern Ukraine regions and with the number of provocations Russians are trying to organise," Deshchytsya said.

He said the situation looked very similar to that in Georgia in 2008 when Russia sent in troops to secure the independence of two breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

 
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