World Russia sends military: more than 150,000 soldiers at limits of Ukraine
Ukraine says it will not back down to Russian pressure
Ukraine maintained Saturday that it will not back down to pressure from Russia amid increased hostilities along the border between the two countries. © The Hill Ukraine says it will not back down to Russian pressure Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrii Taran said Russia was trying to force Kiev to cave in negotiations by ramping up its military presence on the border, but he declared that Ukraine would not let up fighting.
Russia has been based on the border with Ukraine and on the annexed peninsula of Crimea, according to the EU-External Josep Borrell "more than 150,000 soldiers". This is "the largest Russian military march of Ukrainian borders ever," said Borrell on Monday after consultations of EU Foreign Ministers. Thus, "the risk of another escalation obviously". Also federal exterior minister Heiko Maas (SPD) was worried about the "military march". It is therefore important to prevent that "even by unintentional events a military escalation spiral is set in motion," he said in Berlin.
is necessary for both sides led "a sensible dialogue". Maas confirmed talks at work level for a possible meeting in Normandy format. This would be a meeting of representatives of Russia and Ukraine among mediation of Germany and France. Whether it comes to it, but is still open, said Maas. This also applies to the level on which such a meeting can take place. More than 13,000 people were killed in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the Ostukraine since 2014. Since mid-February, there has been reinforced fighting again, which further subgrosss a brittle ceasefire anyway. Moscow and Kiev are responsible for each other. (AFP)
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