Russia positions 55,000 troops by its border with Ukraine (says British Daily Mail )

Russia positions 55,000 troops by its border with Ukraine (says British Daily Mail )

November 30 2016

Preparations for war ?

  • Sudden influx of troops in the latest muscle-flexing exercise from Russia
  • Additional 55,000 troops adds to up to 7,500 already stationed in Ukraine 
  • Putin’s deputy defence minister Ihor Dolhov made announcement in Kiev
  • Ukrainian officials said to be convinced Russia attempting to topple them

Vladimir Putin has deployed 55,000 troops on the Ukrainian border in Russia’s latest muscle-flexing exercise prompting fears of an invasion.

The sudden influx of feet on the grounds adds to up to 7,500 Russian soldiers already stationed in Ukraine.

Putin’s deputy defence minister Ihor Dolhov made the announcement in Kiev, where officials are said to be convinced Russia is attempting to topple the government.

Dolhov told Russian news outlet Liga.net at a press conference: ‘Currently, Russia has amassed about 55,000 servicemen near the Ukrainian border.

‘The presence of the Russian regular army on the territory of Ukraine varies from 5,000 to 7,500 soldiers.

‘In Crimea, this figure is 23,000 troops, of which 9,000 are on the administrative border.’

There have also been reports of another buildup of soldiers in Belarus near the Ukrainian border, according to Unian.

The Russian Defense Ministry previously announced plans to send 80 times more soldiers and military equipment to Belarus in 2017 than in 2016.

Russia occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014, the same year it launched a number of condemned attacks on the Ukraine.

There is ongoing fighting in the Donbass region as Russian separatists backed by the Kremin remain at loggerheads with the Ukrainian army in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The fear is that Russia will invade so it can take power of the land linking the mainland with Crimea where Ukraine believes Putin would set up an administration to help out Moscow and shun the West.

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