UKRAINE PM WARNS OF POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER RUSSIAN AGGRESSION

FoxNews on March 29, 2014 reported that Russia has said it has no intention of invading eastern Ukraine, but a top politician from Kiev told Fox News Saturday that there is “still a huge possibility that Russia could invade and seize Ukrainian territory.” Excerpts below:

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk voiced his concern as Russia’s military takes positions on the country’s border. Yarsenyuk, however, expressed some optimism for a diplomatic solution after an hour-long phone call March 28 between President Obama and President Vladimir Putin.

Yatsenyuk’s concern for further Russian aggression is shared by many in the West.

U.S. Defense officials told Fox News the numbers of troops at Ukraine’s border far exceeds the amount needed for a training exercise. And the fact that there is no real evidence any large-scale exercises have occurred, and that none of the troops have returned to their bases, is also concerning to U.S. observers.

Andriy Parubiy, Ukraine’s top security official, estimates that Russia has 88,000 troops on the border. It is believed that an additional 50,000 troops may have flooded the region in the last few days.

The White House issued a press release the said Putin phoned Obama, who was travelling in Saudi Arabia, to discuss the situation that has put both countries on precarious footing.

Obama urged Putin to avoid further military provocations in Ukraine, and to pull back the troops that Russia has on the Ukraine border, the statement said. Obama said Ukraine’s government is pursuing de-escalation despite Russia’s incursion into Crimea.

Fox News’ Greg Palkot and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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