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Russia sent 'several hundred' troops into Ukraine: US official

Armed men who call themselves members of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police force stand at a checkpoint on a highway that connects the Black Sea Crimea peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk, on February 28, 2014Russia has sent “several hundred” troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region, US defense officials said Friday, after Kiev called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the peninsula. “It looks like they’ve moved several hundred troops there (into Crimea),” a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The comments marked the first confirmation from President Barack Obama’s administration that Russia had launched an incursion into Crimea.

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