Alliance warns about ‘largest massing of Russian troops since annexation of Crimea’

Nato’s secretary general has called on Russia to halt its military buildup around Ukraine, describing it as “unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerning”.

Flanked by Ukraine’s foreign minister at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Jens Stoltenberg said Russia had moved thousands of combat troops to Ukraine’s borders in “the largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014”.

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