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hold back RussiaUkrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba said during an online press briefing.
According to Mr. Kouleba, Russia has accumulated around 115,000 troops around Ukraine, as well as in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, and in the territories under separatist control in the east of the country.
What we are seeing is very serious. Russia has deployed a large military force near the Ukrainian border. This includes tanks, artillery systems, electronic warfare systems, air and naval forces., he listed.
In this context, a possible Russian offensive can be launched
literally in the blink of an eye, said the minister.
In the event of an attack, Ukraine
will retaliate, warned Mr. Kouleba.2014 “,” text “:” We are determined to defend our land. Our country has become much more resilient and our army is incomparably stronger than it was in 2014 “}}”>We are determined to defend our land. Our country has become much more resilient and our army is incomparably stronger than it was in 2014, he said.
In recent weeks, the United States, NATO and the European Union have repeatedly expressed concern about Russian troop movements around Ukraine, fearing a possible invasion.
Russia has repeatedly denied any plan in this direction and accused Ukraine and its Western allies of increasing
13,000 deaths since 2014
Eastern Ukraine has been plagued since 2014 by a war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists, which erupted shortly after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and has since claimed more than 13,000 lives.
Despite its denials, Russia is considered the godfather of the pro-Russian separatists and is accused of providing them with men and weapons.
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby recalled that Russian troop movements were
a constant concern and promised to support Ukrainian forces, but ruled out the possibility of direct US military intervention.
We continue to see movements, we continue to see reinforcements adding to their forces near the Ukrainian border, he said during a press briefing.
We are monitoring this very closely, but we do not envisage US military intervention in this conflict., he concluded.