Russia Moves in on Ukraine

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    The military build up is massive and the west has been warned not to interfere.
    Europe has been weakened from within and has weakened ties with the US so how will they respond, if they respond?

    "Russia has warned Nato against sending any troops to help Ukraine, amid reports of a large Russian military build-up on its borders.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would take "additional measures" if Nato were to make such a move.

    Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the BBC that there had been a build-up of Russian military at the northern border between Ukraine and Russia, along the eastern border and "also in the illegally occupied Crimea".

    "So from three directions we observed a military build-up of the Russian federation," he said, adding: "Ukraine is not looking for any escalation - we do not need war.

    Ukraine's army commander Gen Ruslan Khomchak says Russia has deployed 28 battalion tactical groups near Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea, which would amount to 20,000-25,000 troops. Russian officials have not confirmed that, nor given any precise figures.

    According to Gen Khomchak, Russia also has nearly 3,000 officers and military instructors in the rebel units in eastern Ukraine.

    "The Russian Federation moves its armed forces within its territory at its discretion," Kremlin spokesman Mr Peskov said. He added that "it should not worry anyone and does not pose a threat to anyone".

    The Russian military has confirmed that an airborne assault brigade - about 4,000 troops - is being redeployed to Crimea from Volgograd in southern Russia this year.

    Since 2014 Russia has considerably beefed up its military presence in Crimea, including its key Sevastopol naval base."

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