Now Russia Amassing Troops on Border as Well to Preclude Ukraine From Getting Ideas

Ukraine has been building up along rebel Donbass for months

Related: Ukraine’s Military Buildup Against Rebel Donbass Continues, Summer War Feared


U.S. watching “escalation of armed confrontation” near Ukraine’s border with Russia

The U.S. military believes a buildup of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine, seen as “concerning” on Tuesday, is likely a training exercise. But the gathering of troops comes amid heightened tension in the region, and Ukraine’s Commander-In-Chief Ruslan Khomchack told his country’s parliament this week that Russian forces from different regions had been assembling near the border.

Russia’s president has acknowledged an “escalation of armed confrontation” in the region.

Training exercises were always a possible explanation for the buildup, but a U.S. defense official told CBS News that the locations and types of units seen on the ground didn’t line up with what the Russian Ministry of Defense had announced last month.

In a statement on Facebook on Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that at the initiative of the U.S., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mark Milley, had a telephone conversation with his counterpart. “Issues of mutual interest were discussed,” the statement said.

Ukraine and Russia have been in conflict since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The U.S. and its NATO allies do not recognize Russia’s annexation of the peninsula, and the U.S contributes millions in both non-military and military aid each year to Ukraine.

Relations between the two countries have been getting worse. Just four days ago, four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by Russian separatist shelling in eastern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the increase in violence on Tuesday, and blamed Ukrainian forces for it.

An official readout from the Kremlin of a phone call that Putin had with the French and German leaders said he had, “expressed serious concern about the escalation of armed confrontation on the contact line being provoked by Ukraine.”  

The U.S. Embassy in Kiev issued a statement last week calling on Russia to “observe ceasefire measures” and “end daily violence that is causing senseless suffering,” and end its aggression in Ukraine.

On Monday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak, and affirmed the U.S.’ ongoing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations in the face of continuing aggression, according to a readout from the NSC.

Source: CBS


Ukraine Says Russian Military Buildup Threatens Its Security

RUSSIA is building up armed forces near Ukraine’s borders in a threat to the country’s security, Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Ruslan Khomchak said on Tuesday, accusing Moscow of pursuing an “aggressive policy” towards Kyiv.

In remarks to parliament, Khomchak also accused pro-Moscow separatists of systematically violating a ceasefire in the conflict in eastern Ukraine agreed in July 2020.

Ukraine and Russia have traded blame for a spike in violence in the conflict, which Kyiv says has killed 14,000 people since 2014.

Government forces and pro-Russian separatists accuse each other of breaching the ceasefire, and lawmakers say 26 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed so far this year, including four killed by snipers last week.

“The Russian Federation continues its aggressive policy towards Ukraine,” Khomchak told parliament.

Khomchak said Russian troops from different regions had been assembling near the borders of Ukraine under the guise of maintaining combat readiness and preparing for exercises, “carring out a gradual build-up of troops near the state border of Ukraine”.

“An additional concentration of up to 25 tactical groups is expected, which, together with the already deployed forces near the state border of Ukraine, poses a threat to the military security of the state,” Khomchak said.

He added that Moscow holds 32,700 troops in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, while its officers command 28,000 separatist servicemen stationed in temporarily occupied territories in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine, Western countries and NATO accuse Russia of sending troops and heavy weapons to prop up separatists. Moscow says it only provides political and humanitarian support to the rebels and says Russians fighting in Ukraine are volunteers.

Source: Reuters

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Ilya G Poimandres
Ilya G Poimandres
12 days ago

Just get it over and done with. Take all of the black sea coast from the former Ukraine, and leave them landlocked and unwanted.

ken
ken
12 days ago

“Ukraine, Western countries and NATO accuse Russia of sending troops and heavy weapons to prop up separatists”

All the while,,, gun running US handing out tanks, armor, all sorts of weapons like candy,,,having US/Nato armed forces in country to prop up Ukraine.

The hypocrisy of the West never ends. Give them more time President Putin,,, the stupid SOBs are destroying their nations as I type with the fake virus and their gene hacking poison concoctions to maim and kill off their populations.

Oilman
Oilman
12 days ago

“The U.S. Embassy in Kiev issued a statement last week calling on Russia to “observe ceasefire measures” and “end daily violence that is causing senseless suffering,” and end its aggression in Ukraine.”

Americans doing what they do best which is deviating from the truth. They accuse others of what they actually do all the time.

Borg 1
Borg 1
12 days ago
Reply to  Oilman

Mike Pompeo We lied, We cheated, We stole

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RmEsPE7iq0

Geraldo
Geraldo
12 days ago

Come on, bring it on. No one wants war but the bottom line is that once the Russians completely destroy the Ukie military in less than 24 hours, the world will be a safer place. Ukranians can then dispose of the oligarchs and the Nazi banderites (and the US/UK lackies in Kiev) and vote for a govt they actually want, that would include either reunification with the East or recognising their independence. Russia would be free to leave the failed state mess to the EU to pay for (sans NATO presence of course) It’s the perfect outcome and plus it shows the yanks and the pathetic English who is boss. It aint them.

Borg 1
Borg 1
12 days ago
Reply to  Geraldo

Yes but the country has been raped by the Zio oligarchs with the help of their Nazi stooges. Remids me of WW 2 Nazi Zio Havarra pact.
Now Russia will have to rebuild but at least they will have Chinese investment to help with the costs.

Jerry Hood
Jerry Hood
12 days ago

The zionazi ” great” USAtan= USrael must pay a big prize for this war! I pray that Russian military will this time stop at the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal!

Hoyeru
Hoyeru
11 days ago

Its amazing how little people understand. USA is trying to provoke Russia into a war so USA can immediatly start screaming about “Russiana gresssion” and demand Germany kill NS2 and demand heavy economic and political sanctions against Russia. Thats what this is all about. USA wont fight Russia directly, but it has no problem letting the dumb Ukrainians die. It doesnt matter that Russia wil defeat Ukraine. ALl USA wants is the reason to place severe economic sanctions on Russia and this will be the perfect opportinuty. Even when Russia wins in Ukraine Russia will lose. And this is ALL becuse of Putin, who had the chance to take over Ukraine but backed down. And as the saying goes: who hesitates is lost.

yuri
yuri
11 days ago

only idiot anglos wish to occupy the failed schluyha state called Ukraine…Russia would never want this liability…ukrainians are notoriously incompetent soldiers. the best they can do is terrorize elderly civilians with artillery

DannyWhite
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DannyWhite (@dannywhite)
11 days ago

Would be so awesome to see a war between Russia Jina and USA nato vassals.

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