President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that there are 80,000 Russian soldiers and 30,000 pro-Russian militants near the border with Ukraine. He spoke about this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the text of which is available for viewing on the presidential website.
"On the eastern border and in the Crimea, Russia has deployed about 80,000 troops, to which should be added another 30,000 pro-Russian militants and the official military of Russia in Donbas. It is definitely not in the interests of Europe that such a military potential could be used for its intended purpose, like this Moscow will want. The expansion of the war can only bring new suffering and problems to everyone, and no one will benefit from it," he said.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's sovereignty is now in danger amidst the current large-scale build-up of Russian forces to the country's eastern and southern borders. Office of French President Emmanuel Macron reported that as quoted by AFP.
"Ukraine's sovereignty is under threat. All our work is aimed at avoiding an escalation and defusing tensions," the French authority said.