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In retaliation, Moscow has threatened to increase its military presence on Crimea – as if the Black Sea Fleet was not enough – which presumably means potentially breaching troop limits as detailed in the original agreement, which were around 27,000. 

Increased Black Sea Fleet deployments, plus the 40,000 or so Russian troops in western Russia and those in Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region on Ukraine’s southwest border would still represent a very significant threat to Ukraine.

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk expressed some optimism over prospects for new Western financing for Ukraine, with the expectation of $13.5 bilion in cash disbursements this year from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Invesment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and presumably the European Union.

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