May 16, 2021

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EU: More than 150,000 Russian troops have assembled on the Ukrainian border

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A Ukrainian soldier is seen at fighting positions on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels near Luhansk, Ukraine, Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Growing cease-fire violations and a massive Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border are causing tensions to rise in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where more than 14,000 people have died in seven years of fighting between forces from Kyiv and separatists loyal to Moscow.

Senior EU officials revealed that Russia has assembled more than 150,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.

Reuters reported that the European Union’s senior representative for foreign and security policy Borelli said on Monday (19th) that Russia is currently gathering more than 150,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border and the Crimea region.

Borelli said that “the risk of further escalation is obvious”, but he said that the EU currently has no plans to impose new sanctions on Russia or expel its diplomats.

The US Department of Defense stated that the number of additional Russian troops on the Ukrainian border exceeded the size of the 2014 Crimean crisis.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba held a meeting with EU foreign ministers earlier, and he called on the EU to impose new sanctions on Russia.

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