Almost 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine: Kiev official
Armed Russian troops wait in convoy outside a Ukrainian border post in the Crimean town of Balaclava - AFP/Vasiliy Batanov

WASHINGTON: Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine’s border, a top Ukrainian defense official said Thursday, but US military officers say the troop number is far lower.

“Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ….of Kharkiv, Donetsk, ” Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine’s national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev.

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