150,000 Russian troops deployed near Ukraine’s borders: EU

20th Apr, 2021

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This handout picture taken and released by the Armed Forces of Ukraine press-service shows Ukrainian forces taking part in a tank drills in Donbass region on April 18. — AFP

BRUSSELS: The Euro­pean Union is estimating that 150,000 Russian troops have already amassed for the biggest military buildup ever near Ukraine’s borders and that it will only take a spark to set off a confrontation. At the same time, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that the condition of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was critical and that the 27-nation group would hold the Kremlin accountable for his health and safety.

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