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 NATO: Over 1000 Russian Troops Operating in Ukraine

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NATO confirms that well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, a NATO military officer said on Thursday.

"We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine," the officer said at NATO's military headquarters in southern Belgium, Censor.NET reports, citing Reuters.

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"Russia is trying to prevent a defeat of the separatists and wants to hold on to this area. The recent upsurge and now even direct involvement of Russian troops inside Ukraine is aimed at this," the NATO official said.

 
 
 
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