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Russia illegally increased the number of its troops in Ukraine up to 16 thousand – Acting defense Minister

Currently on the territory of Ukraine is about 16 thousand Russian troops , said Acting Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh .

” Approximately 5.5 thousand of Special Forces came from the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine. Owing to to this, the number of Russian military increased to 16 thousand ,” – said on the TV channel “Inter” on Monday evening.

According I.Tenyuha , currently the total amount of Russian soldiers who arrived in Ukraine in the period of exacerbation of the situation in the Crimea, and those who were part of the Black Sea Fleet until it is 16 thousand people.

Acting Defense Minister stressed that this increase in the number of military in Ukraine BSF violates existing agreements between the two countries concerning the naval bases in the Crimea

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