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USA expresses concern as Russian Federation 'sends ballistic missiles' to Ukraine border

USA expresses concern as Russian Federation 'sends ballistic missiles' to Ukraine border”

Western nations have called for restraint after Ukraine raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border with Russia.

Merkel earlier today advised Putin to pull his forces back from Ukraine's eastern border amid escalating violence along the frontier.

"The start of hostilities will the beginning of an end for Ukraine", Kozak said.

At a news conference, Kozak was asked if Russian Federation would protect its citizens in eastern Ukraine.

"If, as our president says, there is a Srebrenica there, we shall probably have to come to their defence", Mr Kozak said.

In Thursday's call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin "drew attention to the provocative actions of Kyiv, which has deliberately sought to exacerbate tensions along the line of control", the Kremlin said in its readout of the call.

Ukraine last week accused Russian Federation of massing thousands of military personnel on its northern and eastern borders as well as on the Crimean peninsula.

More footage shows the nuclear-capable 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled mortar system being moved on a military train in Krasnodar region.

Beyond Russian opposition, there are other problems related to internal politics that stand in the way of Ukraine joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. On April 5 and 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, as well as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Ukraine has been embroiled in both a military and political conflict with Moscow since 2014, when pro-Western protests toppled a Russia-backed government.

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. Zelenskiy said this week that 24 Ukrainian servicemen had been killed so far this year.

The Kremlin has not denied the troop movements but insisted that Moscow was "not threatening anyone".

The rouble hit a five-month low on Wednesday a day after Russian Federation said it had begun a planned inspection of its army's combat readiness involving thousands of drills.

"And if you ask opinions of several million people in the self-proclaimed republics, you will understand that such a membership in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is deeply unacceptable for these people", said Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The standoff has also pushed Ukrainian sovereign bonds to their lowest level since November.

Tension on the Russia-Ukraine border is high as Russia has sent thousands of its soldiers on the frontier.

While a ceasefire halted full-scale warfare in 2015, sporadic fighting never ceased.

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