Updates: Ukraine

As of today, there are about 52 battalion tactical groups of the Russian Armed Forces near Ukraine’s border, backed by Reserve troops.

Russian Southern Military district has also moved in Su-27SM3 Fighter jets to airfields in occupied Crimea over the last 42 hrs.

Russia has in recent weeks deployed mercenaries to eastern Ukraine to help pro-Moscow separatists defend against Ukrainian government forces, Reuters reported Thursday, citing four unnamed fighters who had been recruited.

The French navy frigate Auvergne has arrived in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa.

MFA of Russia: there are about 4 thousand military instructors from the United States on the line of contact in Donbass.