The sudden influx of feet on the grounds adds to up to 7,500 Russian soldiers already stationed in Ukraine, where officials are said to be convinced Russia is attempting to topple the government.
- 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.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (front centre) and his then defence minister Sergei Shoigu (front left) walk to watch military exercises upon his arrival at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the Leningrad region, on March 3, 2014
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.
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