Russia 'has 9,000 troops in Ukraine'

January 21, 2015 6:26 PM

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Russia 'has 9,000 troops in Ukraine'

Russia has 9,000 soldiers and 500 tanks, heavy artillery and armored personnel carriers in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said. He urged Russia to withdraw its troops and comply with a ceasefire plan, amid escalating fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels in the east.

Russia has repeatedly denied claims its soldiers are fighting with the rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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