U.S. says Russia ramping military presence on Ukraine border

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 4:59 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and is involved in training exercises of Russian-separatist forces in the area in breach of ceasefire accords, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"This is the highest amount of Russian air defense equipment in eastern Ukraine since August," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

She said Russia was also building up its forces along the border, currently the largest presence since October 2014.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Sandra Maler)