REUTERS

"Currently, Russia continues to deploy a group of troops in close vicinity to border and in the occupied territory of Ukraine, consisting of 45 battalion tactical groups, 17 company tactical groups, with a total number of servicemen exceeding 54,000 people, with all weapons and equipment" the statement reads.

In addition, 15 battalion tactical groups and six company tactical groups are operating within the territory of Ukraine, according to Galushko.