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Ukraine accuses Russia of military buildup

Ukraine accuses Russia of military buildup at its border; Moscow rejects the claim

A man looks at the posters during the International poster campaign to support Ukraine in center Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March, 12, 2014. U.S. Presi...
People talk in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March, 12, 2014. President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at t...
Pro Russia activists gather signatures for a referendum on secession for the Donetsk region at a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday...

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A man looks at the posters during the International poster campaign to support Ukraine in center Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March, 12, 2014. U.S. Presi...

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People talk in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March, 12, 2014. President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at t...

Ukraine

Pro Russia activists gather signatures for a referendum on secession for the Donetsk region at a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday...

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's security council chief has accused Russia of a massive military buildup near Ukraine's border that raises the threat of an invasion.

Andriy Parubiy, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, told Wednesday's briefing in Kiev that Russia has deployed more than 80,000 troops close to the border, creating the "threat of a full-scale invasion from various directions."

In Moscow, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov denied a military buildup on the Russia-Ukraine border. He also said Moscow has accepted a request that Ukraine made Tuesday to conduct a surveillance flight over the Russian territory to make sure there is no threat.

Russian forces have secured control over Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, and President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is ready to "use all means" to protect Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine.


Updated : 2021-04-17 22:53 GMT+08:00