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 NATO Concerned that Russia Could Send Troops to Eastern Ukraine as Peace-Keeping Mission

Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said about it in an emailed statement, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters.

Stating the conflict in Ukraine was fueled by Russia, NATO said that the troop build-up had further escalated "a dangerous situation".

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"We're not going to guess what's on Russia's mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground - and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border," the NATO spokesperson said.

NATO was concerned that Moscow could use "the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission as an excuse to send troops into Eastern Ukraine", she said.

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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Wednesday the threat of a direct intervention by Russia's military in Ukraine has risen over the last couple of days.

Moscow denies Western accusations that it has armed and supported rebels who are fighting Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. It announced new military exercises to take place all this week, involving bombers and warplanes on Monday in a show of strength near the border with Ukraine.

 
 
 
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