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Ukraine demands ‘urgent meeting’ with Russia, allies over troop buildup

Moscow has positioned more than 100,000 troops along Ukrainian border, refusing to explain, prompting fears of invasion ‘any day’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks in Copenhagen, Denmark, on January 27, 2022. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP)
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba speaks in Copenhagen, Denmark, on January 27, 2022. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP)

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting with Russia and dozens of other European states to explain Moscow’s buildup of forces along the ex-Soviet state’s frontier.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Facebook late Sunday that Russia had ignored Kyiv’s formal request for an explanation about why Moscow had positioned more than 100,000 troops and advanced weapons around Ukraine.

“Ukraine is convening a meeting with Russia and all member states in the next 48 hours to discuss the reinforcement and movement of Russian forces along our border,” he wrote.

The 1990 Vienna Document requires the 57 members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to share information about their military forces and notify each other about major activities.

There was no immediate response from Moscow to Kuleba’s request.

The United States fears that Russia’s buildup of forces could lead to an invasion of Ukraine “any day.”

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