Russia still has about 100,000 soldiers deployed near its western border with Ukraine and in annexed Crimea despite Moscow announcing a military pullback last month amid soaring tensions with Kyiv, the head of Ukraine’s state security service has said. AL Jazeera reports that Ivan Bakanov’s comments on Tuesday echoed earlier remarks by the president, who on Monday accused Russia of having failed to fully withdraw military hardware and troops from the border areas following the two countries’ standoff. The standoff has already led to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week saying Washington could increase security assistance for Ukraine after what he called Russia’s “reckless and aggressive” actions.