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Russia says Ukraine has deployed half of its troops to the Donbass conflict zone

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zakharova listens during the annual press conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova listens during the annual news conference of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2019. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

December 1, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused Ukraine on Wednesday of deploying half its troops or 125,000 to the Donbass, a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine where government forces are battling separatists led Russia has backed it since 2014.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the accusation during a briefing in Moscow. There was no immediate response from Kyiv.

Russia has said it is worried about Ukraine’s intentions as tensions between Kyiv and Moscow run high over Western fears of a new Russian attack on Ukraine, which Russia dismisses as intimidating.

Zakharova also commented on Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s offer for Ankara to mediate between Russia and Ukraine. She said the offer did not refer to the conflict in the Donbass between Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatists.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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