Russia 'Forced' To Start New Drills After Ukraine's 'Anti-Terror' Drive

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April 24, 2014 AT 7:51 AM
Moscow said it has been forced to fire up fresh military exercises on the Ukrainian border Thursday in response to an Ukrainian government operation against pro-Russian separatists. Ukrainian troops killed at least five people during its attempts to take back Slaviansk, a city 100 miles from the Russian border that was one of those seized by activists wanting to come under Russia's rule. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said, Ukraine had 11,000 troops, 160 tanks, 230 armored carriers and at least 150 artillery vehicles, while the pro-Russian militias — whom the U.S. says are backed by Moscow — only had 2,000 men and 100 guns between them.