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World US says Russian build-up on Ukraine border is bigger than in 2014

02:55  20 april  2021
02:55  20 april  2021 Source:   afp.com

Ukraine turns to Turkey as Russia threatens full-scale war

  Ukraine turns to Turkey as Russia threatens full-scale war Ukrainian President Zelensky meets Turkey’s Erdogan at a time of heightened Russia-Ukraine tensions.“Turkey’s support for the restoration of our sovereignty and territorial integrity is extremely important,” Zelensky stated in a joint press-conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

As the build - up continues, Russian state TV has claimed that the takeover of Ukraine 's border region was "inevitable". New footage from the "propaganda" media empire RT appears to show more troops joining a potential strike force. Both nations remained closely tied - but Ukraine gradually began to distance itself, seeking deeper ties with the West. The open conflict was triggered by the Ukrainian Revolution in 2014 - when an uprising overthrew the pro- Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych. Vladimir Putin's forces reacted by annexing the region of Crimea from Ukraine - a move which was

If Ukraine ’s armed forces launch another operation against the self-proclaimed DNR and LNR, Russia may enter the conflict and support these people’s republics. It’s very difficult to say what will happen next. Russia can’t abandon Donbas, because if it doesn’t intervene in this situation, Crimea could become the next question. And the loss of Donbas could bring about heavy political losses for Russia . On the other hand, there’s the risk of getting involved in s war with nearly the entire West collectively.

Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as "very seriously concerning." 

a person sitting on top of a dry grass field: Ukraine fears that the Kremlin, widely regarded as the military and political godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern region of Donbass (Ukrainian tank drills pictured there on April 18, 2021), is looking for a pretext to attack © Handout Ukraine fears that the Kremlin, widely regarded as the military and political godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern region of Donbass (Ukrainian tank drills pictured there on April 18, 2021), is looking for a pretext to attack

While the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell cited a figure of 150,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border, before his own services scaled that figure back without explanation to 100,000, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby declined to name a specific figure.

Is Russia moving towards war with Ukraine?

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Russia has more troops on Ukraine 's eastern border than at any time since 2014 , when it annexed Crimea and backed separatist territory seizures, and the United States is concerned by growing " Russian aggressions," the White House said on Thursday. Biden last week expressed "unwavering support" for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in his confrontation with Russia , which in 2014 annexed the Crimea peninsula and backed separatists who seized large parts of the eastern Donbas region. Russia has said its troops are no threat and are defensive, but they would remain as long as

EU Says Russia ’s Troop Buildup on Ukraine Border Is Largest Ever. The European Union’s top diplomat said that Russia ’s military presence on the border with Ukraine has grown to 150,000 personnel, the largest ever buildup on the frontier between the two countries, raising the possibility of further conflict. “The military deployment of Russian troops with all kind of materials, deploying campaign hospitals and all kind of warfare, has been continuing,” Josep Borrell, high representative of the EU, told reporters following a virtual meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers on Monday.

"It is the largest buildup we've seen certainly since 2014, which resulted in the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kirby told a news conference. "It is certainly bigger than the last one in 2014."

"I'm not going to get into specific numbers or troop formations in terms of the Russian buildup," he said.

"We do continue to see that buildup, (it's), as it was before, very seriously concerning to us," Kirby said.

"We don't believe that this buildup is conducive to security and stability along the border with Ukraine and certainly not in occupied Crimea."


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"We certainly heard the Russians proclaim that this is all about training," he added. "It's not completely clear to us that that's exactly the purpose." 

Russia Labels U.S. an 'Adversary' As Tensions Rise Over Troop Buildup by Ukraine

  Russia Labels U.S. an 'Adversary' As Tensions Rise Over Troop Buildup by Ukraine Sergei Ryabkov's comments come after Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Moscow about acting "recklessly."In a departure from the Kremlin's usual description of the U.S. as a "partner"—however fraught that partnership might be—Sergei Ryabkov's comments follow a warning by Secretary of State Antony Blinken that "there would be consequences" if Moscow "acts recklessly" in Ukraine.

The United States is "increasingly" worried by Russia 's biggest troop build - up on the Ukrainian border in years and fighting between Moscow-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops, the White House said Thursday. "The United States is increasingly concerned by recent escalating Russian aggressions in eastern Ukraine "These are all deeply concerning signs." Psaki said that the number of Russian troops across the border from the former Soviet republic was greater " than at any time since 2014 ," when war in eastern Ukraine first broke out and Russia seized the Crimea region.

The reported Russian troop buildup and movements bordering eastern Ukraine have become the latest point of tension in icy U . S .- Russian relations less than three months after U . S . President Joe Biden took office. Later Monday, a State Department spokesperson told Reuters that the United States is "open to engagement with Moscow" on the situation, describing as credible reports of Russian troop movements on Ukraine 's border and Crimea, the peninsula seized by Russia in 2014 .

A Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded on Sunday in clashes with separatists in the east of the country, where such confrontations have increased amid renewed tensions with Moscow. 

Ukraine fears that the Kremlin, widely regarded as the military and political godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern region of Donbass, is looking for a pretext to attack. 

Moscow has said it is "not threatening anyone" while also denouncing what it calls Ukrainian "provocations." 

The war in Donbass has claimed more than 13,000 lives, and nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced since it started seven years ago in the wake of Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.

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