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More Russian Troops Mass Along Ukrainian Border

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:06:04 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Russian troops are continuing to gather along the border with Ukraine, the U.S. says.

"The number of Russian troops across -- along the border continues to steadily increase. We have seen that in the past few days, but have seen no indication that the Ukrainians have fired back," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said on Friday.

Her remarks came after U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute said at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday that there are 15,000 Russian troops massed along the border.

That number is slightly higher than the estimate of 10,000 to 12,000 troops that had been reported this week.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters Friday morning that the estimate has likely moved upwards to 12,000. 

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