The United States authorities are closely monitoring the build-up of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border. Washington has turned to its EU partners with a warning about Moscow's potential preparation for a new invasion of Ukraine, Bloomberg writes.
The outlet notes that the assessment of a potential military operation is based on data that American intelligence has not yet shared with European governments. US officials are now consulting with its allies about the situation.
The Head of the Ukrainian MFA, Dmytro Kuleba admitted in an interview with ABC News the fact that Moscow was pulling in forces towards Ukraine. He suggested that the Russian Federation was probably looking for an opportunity to move deeper into Ukrainian territory.
"With such an infrastructure located along our border, it won't take Russia long to resort to offensive action if it decides to do so, and our goal is to do everything, everything possible, to hinder the Russian Federation," he said.
Context. Over the past few weeks, the American media and the British intelligence company Jane`s have been actively disseminating information about the concentration of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border.
The Kremlin states that the redeployment of military equipment and soldiers inside the Russian Federation is an internal matter of Russia. Moscow also stresses that this information is "low-quality bogus stories."
The Head of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov stated that the information disseminated by the American media was "deliberate disinformation." Meanwhile, the NSDC previously admitted that after the completion of the West 2021 exercises, the Russian side had left military equipment and communication centers near the Ukrainian border. It is estimated that 80,000 to 90,000 Russian soldiers are currently stationed near Ukraine. Almost 10,000 more are in the occupied Crimea.
The other day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated in a video address to the citizens that in the eighth year of the war, the information about the pulling of Russian forces to the Ukrainian border was nothing new. He added that the dissemination of such data "can help the enemy to become part of the information war and cause the country no less harm than the hostilities."