Satellite photos show Russian troops massed on Ukraine border

Over 40,000 Russian troops, and military equipment including tanks and aircraft, are massed on the Russian border with Ukraine, NATO said.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   April 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM
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BRUSSELS, April 11 (UPI) -- NATO satellite photos show over 40,000 Russian troops, and military equipment including tanks and aircraft, massed along the Russian border with Ukraine, NATO said.

Release of the photographs Thursday in Brussels came after repeated assurances from Moscow the troop build-up is no cause for alarm.

President Barack Obama conferred with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone Thursday before each publicly urged Russia to remove its army from the Ukrainian border, the White House said.

The satellite intelligence comes after pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and demanded a referendum on joining the Russian Federation. Surveys in Donetsk, however, indicated residents had little interest in annexation by Russia.

A survey conducted Mar. 26 to 29 in conjunction with Donetsk National University showed fewer than 27 percent of respondents approved of the building seizures and only 4.7 percent sought separation from Ukraine. Similarly, a Gallup survey, conducted with the International Republican Institute and released last week, found only four percent of respondents favored secession.


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