Russian Federation warns new Donbas conflict could 'destroy' Ukraine, NATO rebukes Moscow

Russian Federation warns new Donbas conflict could 'destroy' Ukraine, NATO rebukes Moscow”

He added that Moscow is creating "a threatening atmosphere" as the Ukrainians want a return to the ceasefire. Although Kremlin press spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "it should not worry anyone and does not pose a threat to anyone" this is the most concerning move in the area since the Russians annexed Crimea in 2014.

He condemned recent escalations of Russian aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine and offered condolences to Minister Taran on the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers on March 26.

Zelensky reported that 20 Ukrainian troops have been killed thus far this year with another 57 wounded in clashes with Russian-backed separatists.

Austin said during the call that Washington would "not leave Ukraine alone in the event of escalating Russian aggression", the ministry said.

Talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris in December 2019 brought the sides no closer to a lasting settlement.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Twitter on Friday that he had called his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba to reaffirm "UK support for Ukraine's sovereignty & territorial integrity".

According to Gen Khomchak, Russia also has almost 3,000 officers and military instructors in the rebel units in eastern Ukraine.

"Today (Thursday), the Russian Federation has launched yet another conscription campaign in the illegally-annexed Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to draft residents of the peninsula in the Russian Federation Armed Forces", the statement said.

With the ceasefire over and the current Russian forces' buildup, tensions are rising sharply as Ukrainian and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military officials believe that we face a "potential imminent crisis".

Russia Massing Troops on Border, Ukraine Warns

More than 50 battalion combat teams comprising 15,000 people will take part in those exercises and practice "interaction with electronic warfare and air defense units", the defense military told reporters.

Since 2014, Russia's annexation of Crimea not only triggered a deadly conflict with Ukraine, but also strained the Kremlin's ties with Western nations.

Ukrainian war veterans march as Nationalists movements demonstrate in front of President Volodymyr Zelensky's offices in Kiev in October past year.

"Russia is not threatening anyone, it has never threatened anyone", Peskov said.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon said US forces in Europe had raised their alert status following the "recent escalations of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine".

Moscow has repeatedly denied sending troops and arms to buttress the separatists and Putin's spokesman stressed on Thursday that Moscow is at liberty to move troops across its territory.

Ukraine's army commander Gen Ruslan Khomchak says Russian Federation has deployed 28 battalion tactical groups near Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea, which would amount to 20,000-25,000 troops.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was elected in 2019 on promises to end the seven-year conflict, but critics say that the shaky ceasefire is his only tangible achievement.

Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists, which claimed more than 14,000 lives since it began 2014, had largely subsided in recent months before last week's flare-up.

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