Ukraine Accuses Russia of Full-Scale Invasion Threat
Ukraine's officials accused Russia of conducting a large military build-up near the country's border that raises the threat of an invasion.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andriy Parubiy warned that he has "every reason to believe" that Russian forces along Ukraine's southern and eastern borders will invade, KyivPost reports.
"Ukraine now faces the threat of a full-scale invasion," Parubiy said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Parubiy claimed that Russia had deployed more than 80,000 troops, up to 270 tanks and 140 combat planes close to the border.
He said that Ukraine would rely on military, police and a newly formed National Guard of 20,000 volunteers to protect its borders.
However, Russian deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov denied a military build-up on the Ukrainian border, Wednesday.
Russia has secured control over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, and Parliament has given President Vladimir Putin permission to use military forces to protect Russian population in Ukraine.
Crimea is to hold a referendum on Sunday asking residents if they want the territory to become part of Russia. Ukraine's government and western nations have condemned the referendum calling it illegitimate and warned Russia against trying to annex Crimea.
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To An American: it's not about Russia, it's about People of Crimea who DON'T WANT to live in "marriage" with Ukraine any more, and "there is no court of law in the world" to order estranged spouses to continue in a broken marriage..........In order to help a bit An American, I must quote Daniel Bethlehem QC, Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom when he said : "Serbia has made it quite clear that it will never accept an independent Kosovo. Kosovo, for its part, has made it quite clear, that, given the legacy of abuse, it cannot again become part of Serbia. Courts do not order estranged spouses to continue in a broken marriage."
So, it's not about "gifts", it's about USA &Co (including pious An American)' Memory.
It was a forced marraige.
The Crimean people get to decide if they want to go home to Russia this week and bring their country with them.
Democracy in action backed up by Russian diplomacy, and overcoming the West who would have her remain in a forced marraige with a husband has become a facist thug.
No, not annex. Russia wants to take back what is rightfully theirs. Crimea was given to Ukraine to commemorate 300 years of unity with Russia in 1954. Since 1991 Ukraine did nothing else, but spat poison on Russia. If Ukraine has any dignity - give back the gift.