More than 40 percent of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine are now under attack Moscow has launched a campaign of instability. A U.S. defense official said Friday.
The United States believes Russia has More than 150,000 soldiers near the border with Ukraine It has seen significant movement since Wednesday, the official, who insisted the name was unknown.
“Forty to fifty percent of people are under attack. In the last 48 hours, they have landed in a tactical system, ”the official told reporters.
Tactical assembly points are areas on the border where military units are stationed before an attack.
Thus said the officer Moscow assembled 125 battalion tactical teams near the Ukrainian border. Compared to 60 in normal times and 80 in early February.
Increasing clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces in the southeastern Danbos region of Ukraine and annoying reports from officials in Russia and Donbass, Show that “the instability campaign has begun”The officer said.
That is what Washington has been warning for weeks Russia may cause or fabricate an incident in the region The excuse for invading Ukraine.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said this week ABC News Russian President Vladimir Putin “has many options and can strike in the short term.”
“I do not think this is a hoax,” Austin said.
What else The United States has condemned the series of “provocations.” With the intention of “aggression” against Ukraine.
The U.S. Secretary of State said Friday that the shelling of eastern Ukraine over the past 48 hours was part of Russia’s attempt to create “false provocations” to justify its “occupation” of the former Soviet republic.
“What has happened in the last 24-48 hours is part of a scenario already established to create false provocations and then respond to those provocations and eventually launch a new aggression against Ukraine,” said Anthony Blinken. Defense Conference in Munich (southern Germany).
Moscow denies that it has plans to attack its western neighbors, but Ukraine demands guarantee that it will never join NATO and withdraw Western troops from Eastern EuropeThe West demands that it be rejected.
In 2014, Russia occupied the Crimean region of Ukraine, using sympathetic separatists.
(With information from AFP)
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