Ukraine border guards report build-up of Russian armor near Crimea
An armed serviceman stands near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava - REUTERS/Baz Ratner

KIEV: Ukrainian border guards on Monday reported a build-up of armored vehicles on the Russian side of a narrow sea channel dividing Russia and the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

A border statement guard spokesman also said Russian ships had been moving in and around the port city of Sevastopol, where the Russian Black Sea Fleet has a base, and that Russian forces had blocked mobile telephone services in some areas.

The build-up of Russian armor was near a ferry port on the Russian side of the Kerch Channel opposite the Ukrainian city of Kerch, a border guard spokesman said.

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