U.S. releases satellite imagery showing Russian troops still near Ukraine border

Satellite imagery released by the U.S. Mission to NATO contradicts Russian President Vladimir Putin's earlier claim that 40,000 Russian troops amassed by Ukraine's border had been withdrawn.
By JC Finley  |  May 13, 2014 at 8:54 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Less than a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the 40,000 troops stationed at Russia's border with Ukraine had been withdrawn, the U.S. Mission to NATO released satellite imagery contradicting that claim.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Mission to NATO published satellite imagery via Twitter.

Russian troops are visible near the border in imagery dated May 9, two days after Putin announced they had withdrawn.

The Russian troop presence by Ukraine's border is still visible in imagery dated May 12.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the on-going crisis in Ukraine at a joint news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini Tuesday evening, asserting "Ukraine's future won't be determined at the barrel of a gun, or through ballots marked in Moscow."

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