Ukraine Hikes Tensions Again, Says Russian Army Concentrated Near East Border For "Quick Invasion"

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On the heels of reports that:

  • *UKRAINE WON'T RECOGNIZE CRIMEA JOINING RUSSIA: INTERFAX

The Eastern Ukraine Kharkiv region's governor Baluta warns:

  • *RUSSIAN ARMY CONCENTRATED NEAR ROADS FOR QUICK INVASION: BALUTA
  • *RUSSIA BOOSTS ARMY PRESENCE AT UKRAINE BORDER: KHARKIV GOVERNOR

And all of this after Putin confirmed that West's sanctions are "irresponsible and aggressive and we will respond properly."

 

Baluta warns about Russian troops amassing: (Via Bloomberg,)

Russian military presence has grown in last 5 days, Ihor Baluta, governor of eastern Ukrainian region, says in interview.

 

Baluta also says:

 

Russian forces concentrated along highways for rapid invasion, ~15km from border

 

57 Russians denied crossing into Kharkiv region today as of 10am

 

No resistance to Ukraine’s troop deployment in Kharkiv

 

10 Russians involved in attempt to storm govt building March 16

 

Russia “is trying to create the situation unfolding now in the south here in eastern regions”

 

~25% of Kharkiv residents sympathize with separatists

An Ukraine's foreign minister makes it clear that they will not accept Crimea's annexation (via Interfax,)

Ukraine will not recognize the Autonomous Republic of Crimea's and Sevastopol's accession to the Russian Federation, nor will it recognize independence of the self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

 

"We do not recognize and will never recognize either Crimea's so-called independence or the so-called agreement on its accession to the Russian Federation," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said at a news conference on Tuesday.