Ukraine warns of ‘full scale’ invasion as Russia moves its artillery close to the borders… and Kiev security chief says Putin’s troops could over-run them within three hours
Russia has massed tanks, troops and aircraft on the border
Security official warns Ukraine’s defences would be incapable
Pictures emerge of heavy Russian armoured vehicles on the move
Tanks have also been pictured carried by rail in Belgorod region
Russian army’s Western Military District has declined to comment
By WILL STEWART
12 March 2014
Russia could launch a ‘full scale’ invasion that would see troops overrun Ukraine in hours, a senior security official warned today.
The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and National Defence Committee Andriy Parubiy claimed Russia has 80,000 troops, 280 tanks and 170 aircraft massed on the border ready to invade.
‘They are adding to this military potential,’ he said. ‘We have a critical situation on the entire southeastern border. The Russian army is only two to three hours from Kiev.’
Ukraine’s defences would be incapable in the face of a Russian invasion, he said.