Pentagon claims Russia continues boosting troops near border with Ukraine
WASHINGTON, – The United States continues to see additions to the Russian forces near the Russian-Ukrainian border, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs John Kirby told a briefing on Monday.
Asked to comment on reports saying that Russian troops are allegedly staying near the Russian-Ukrainian border, he said: “We’re watching this closely. And as for numbers, I wouldn’t get into an assessment here in terms of what we’re seeing exactly [on the border].
But I can tell you that we continue to see movement, we continue to see additions to their forces.” “These are units of a combined nature. I mean, it’s different types of units that continue to collect on or not on, but near the Ukrainian border,” Kirby added.
“We’ve been watching with great concern these movements for a while now,” he noted. Concerns over Moscow’s alleged preparations for an invasion into Ukraine have been increasingly announced in the west and in Kiev recently.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has slammed those announcements as attempts to whip up tension and paint Russia as some country that is jeopardizing the settlement process. He did not rule out that this crusade was just a disguise to cover up the aggressive aims that Ukraine may be nurturing either.