September 11, 2014 / 11:35 AM / 5 years ago

Russia still has around 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine - NATO

BRUSSELS, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Russia still has around 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, a NATO military officer said on Thursday, casting doubt on reports of a reduction in Russian forces there.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he had information that 70 percent of Russian troops who had been in Ukraine had been moved back across the border.

“The reported reduction of Russian troops from eastern Ukraine would be a good first step, but we have no information on this. The fact of the matter is there are still approximately 1,000 Russian troops in eastern Ukraine with substantial amounts of military equipment and approximately 20,000 troops on the Russian border with Ukraine,” the NATO military officer said.

However, NATO had said last week that it estimated several thousand Russian combat troops were in Ukraine. (Reporting by Adrian Croft, editing by Julia Fioretti; editing by Julia Fioretti)

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