Russia-Ukraine border crisis

Joanna Estrada
Апреля 7, 2021

Russian Federation has amassed the largest concentration of troops on its border with Ukraine since the eastern Ukraine conflict first erupted in 2014, The Insider investigative news website reported Wednesday, citing military analysts.

He declined to say whether the USA believes Russian Federation is preparing to invade the former Soviet republic.

"We've asked Russian Federation for an explanation of these provocations", Price said.

The State Department briefing follows President Biden's first call with Ukrainian President Zelensky on Friday.

The Ukrainian president has been engaged in a frantic round of diplomatic activity in the past few days as Russian Federation has markedly increased the number of troops deployed to the north and east of Ukraine and in occupied Crimea.

Throughout Europe, US forces raised their alert status in response to the "recent escalations of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine". But starting in mid-February, increased fighting has further undermined an already fragile peace in the region.

"NATO will continue to support the sovereignty and territorial Integrity of Ukraine".

In recent days Mr Leviev and his colleagues, with the help of Russia's open-source databases such information about rail cargo, pointed to numerous military deployments moving across the country towards Ukraine including the shipment of T-72B3 tanks all the way from Siberia.

The conflict broke out in 2014 following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and has since claimed more than 13,000 lives.

Russia's recent military drills in Crimea had unnerved Ukraine and NATO
Russia's recent military drills in Crimea had unnerved Ukraine and NATO Credit Sergei Malgavko Tass via Getty Images

Russian forensic investigative group Conflict Intelligence Team, which made its name in 2014 by using social media to find proof of Russia's military involvement in eastern Ukraine, began to notice an unusually widespread military movement about two weeks ago.

What has been the European Union and the UK's response?

Ukraine's president has called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and key member states to hasten his country's membership of the western military alliance in response to a growing build-up of Russian forces on his country's borders.

"The Prime Minister reaffirmed our unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity", Johnson's office said.

He expressed his solidarity with President Zelensky's government "in the face of this destabilising activity and commended Ukraine's approach to the situation", it added, saying the United Kingdom would work to "ensure there is no further escalation".

"So far we're not seeing an intention by the Ukrainian side to somehow calm down and move away from belligerent topics", Peskov said.

In a tweet after the call Zelensky thanked Johnson for his support and said the Ukraine was "not alone" and was "supported by the G7 nations".

Protracted talks between Ukraine, Russia and Russia's proxies in eastern Ukraine stalled in recent months, and Russia's sabre-rattling, according to Mr Kofman, could be meant to pressure Ukraine and Western counterparts over the lack of progress in implementing the 2015 peace accords.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted Monday that Russian Federation could deploy its forces wherever it deems necessary on its territory, adding that the troops' movements "shouldn't cause the slightest concern" and that Russian Federation doesn't pose a threat "to any country in the world, including Ukraine".

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