Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the military airfield in Vasylkiv region, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, as Poroshenko transferred new aircraft and military equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces as part of his working visit. Russia and Ukraine traded blame as tensions between the neighbouring countries have escalated over recent days. (Mykola Lazarenko, Presidential Press Service via AP)
  • A Ukrainian border guard speaks to a driver of a car from Russia at the checkpoint at the border with Russia in Hoptivka, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Ukrainian officials announced earlier on Friday that all Russian men aged between 16 and 60 will be barred from entering Ukraine for the duration of the 30-day-long martial law. (AP Photo/Pavlo Pakhomenko)

  • A Ukrainian border guard checks documents of a man who is going to cross the border to Russia at the checkpoint at the border with Russia in Hoptivka, Ukraine, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Ukrainian officials announced earlier on Friday that all Russian men aged between 16 and 60 will be barred from entering Ukraine for the duration of the 30-day-long martial law. (AP Photo/Pavlo Pakhomenko)

KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is building up its land forces and weapons along the border, Ukraine’s president said Saturday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia not to block Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov.

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