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US releases images indicating Russian troops in Ukraine

Men in uniform enter a city administration building in the city of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Kiev authorities and Western countries say tens of thousands of Russian troops are stationed near the border with Ukraine and fear that unrest in the east will be used by Moscow as a pretext for a military incursion.

WASHINGTON — The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons.

The pictures mark the latest effort by the West to prove that Moscow is using its military to stir unrest in Ukraine.

A copy of the 11-page State Department document was given to reporters.

It includes pictures captioned as "concerned citizens" in Crimea and the city of Slovyansk who are dressed the same and carrying the same kind of RPG-26 rocket launchers that are issued to Russian troops.

There was no way to immediately verify the photographs, which were either taken from the Internet or were given to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week by Ukraine diplomats.
 

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