Ukraine: Rus­sian forces build­ing up along bor­der

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Rus­sia is build­ing up its land forces and weapons along the bor­der, Ukraine’s pres­i­dent said Satur­day.

Ten­sions be­tween Rus­sia and Ukraine were still es­ca­lat­ing a week af­ter a naval clash in the Black Sea on Nov. 25 in which Rus­sia fired on three Ukrainian naval ships then seized them and their 24 crew mem­bers.

Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko said Rus­sia has de­ployed “more than 80,000 troops, 1,400 ar­tillery and mul­ti­ple rocket launch sys­tems, 900 tanks, 2,300 ar­mored com­bat ve­hi­cles, 500 air­craft and 300 he­li­copters” along their com­mon bor­der.

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