Satellite images said to show Russian troops gathering near the Ukrainian border is seen in this handout released by the U.S. mission to NATO May 13, 2014. The U.S. government released new satellite pictures on Tuesday which it said showed Russian forces were still near the Ukrainian border in recent days, contradicting Russian assertions they had been withdrawn. (REUTERS/Digital Globe via U.S. mission to NATO/Handout via Reuters)
The U.S. government released new satellite pictures on Tuesday which it said showed Russian forces were still near the Ukrainian border in recent days, contradicting Russian assertions they had been withdrawn. President Vladimir Putin announced last Wednesday that the troops had moved, but NATO and the United States both said they had seen no sign of a Russian withdrawal from the frontier. NATO officials have previously estimated Russia has around 40,000 soldiers close to Ukraine’s border, exacerbating the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. The commercial satellite photos, published by the U.S. State Department and on the U.S. Mission to NATO’s Twitter account, showed what appeared to be about 20 Russian helicopters at Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border, on May 9. More