Ukraine Says Russia Still Has 100,000 Troops Near Its Borders

Ukraine Says Russia Still Has 100,000 Troops Near Its Borders

Russian troops remain positioned near eastern Ukraine and in Crimea despite pullback order, says Ukrainian state security chief.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Russian troops remain positioned near eastern Ukraine and in Crimea despite pullback order, says Ukrainian state security chief.
  • Russia did not publicly declare the number of soldiers it had moved to the border areas, but the European Union's top diplomat put the figure at more than 100,000.
  • Moscow defended the troop movements, saying they were part of a training exercise called in response to activity by NATO and Ukraine.
  • U.S. Secretary of State said Washington could increase security assistance for Ukraine after what he called Russia's "reckless and aggressive" actions in massing troops near the Ukrainian border.
  • Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said that Russia had withdrawn only about 3,500 of the tens of thousands of troops deployed to the Crimean Peninsula.

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