Ukraine suspends anti-terror operations, citing concerns over Russian invasion

Ukrainian anti-terror operations against pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine are on hold, a senior official said Thursday. The decision to suspend the operation was prompted by increasing concern of a Russian invasion as Russian troops are amassing along the border.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   April 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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KIEV, Ukraine, April 24 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government decided on Thursday to suspend its anti-terror operations in eastern Ukraine as concern of a Russian invasion increased.

A high-ranking Ukrainian official told the Kyiv Post that counter-terror operations will be reviewed based on reconnaissance showing Russian troops movements near the border.

"According to Ukrainian reconnaissance, the risk of a crossing of the border by Russian troops has grown sharply."

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Thursday that the Russian military will be conducting drills near the border with Ukraine in response to the Ukrainian government's earlier decision to renew its anti-terror operations against pro-Russian militants.

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