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Russia is increasing combat readiness in eastern Ukraine, defense ministry warns

Added 11-23-21 06:14:02am EST - “Both the US and Ukraine have warned that Russia could be preparing to invade Ukraine in the next few months.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Russia is increasing combat readiness in eastern Ukraine, defense ministry warns”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In a statement on Tuesday, it said that Russia "is increasing the combat readiness of the Russian occupation forces in the temporarily occupied territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions."

It said that Russia ran "large-scale command and staff exercises" on Monday, including pulling up reserve troops. 

The US is warning allies that Russia could decide to invade Ukraine in the next few months and could deploy around 100,000 troops to Ukraine, Bloomberg reported this week.

Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014. Russian-backed separatists are also fighting in eastern Ukraine.

The head of Ukraine's defense intelligence agency told Military Times on Saturday that Russia already has around 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, and that Russia was preparing for a possible attack that could come in early 2022.

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