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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
NATO Sees Russian Troop Buildup - And The Kremlin Won't Comment
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Russian Propaganda Alert - RIA Novosti Edition
Rebels Still Holding As Many As 200 Hostages In Donetsk

While the Kremlin has not responded to the new claims, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is now saying what The Interpreter has been saying for days -- Russian troop convoys are headed back toward the Ukrainian border:

"I can confirm that we now see a new Russian military buildup — at least a few thousand more Russian troops deployed to the Ukrainian border — and we see troop maneuvers in the neighborhood of Ukraine," Rasmussen said in London.

"If they're deployed to seal the border and stop the flow of weapons and fighters that would be a positive step. But that's not what we're seeing..."

"I consider this a very regrettable step backwards and it seems that Russia keeps the option to intervene further," Rasmussen said. "So the international community would have to respond firmly if Russia were to intervene further. That would imply deeper sanctions which would have a negative impact on Russia."

Russia has expressed concerns that Ukraine is increasing its own troop presence near the border as part of the intensifying anti-terrorism operation. Russia, however, fails to note the Ukrainian military planes that have been shot down, the separatist gunmen who have attacked Donetsk, the Russian-backed gunmen who are conducting mortar attacks against Lugansk airport, or the border bases which have been attacked -- and sometimes overrun -- by separatists. These are the reasons that Ukraine has had to intensify their efforts to reestablish control over the border areas.