Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Military activity worries NATO
Russia moves troops to Ukraine border
The conflict in eastern Ukraine is not calming down: Russia’s recent troop movements on the border with the Ukraine are causing renewed criticism. The Kremlin is defending it as a self-defense measure, NATO is tense.
Russia has described troop movements near the border with Ukraine as a self-protection measure. “The activities of NATO, other alliances and individual states are increasing on the Russian borders,” said a spokesman for the presidential office. “All of this obliges us to be vigilant.” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that an escalation in the Donbass region could destroy Ukraine.
Earlier remarks by President Vladimir Putin were still applicable, he said. A NATO representative told Reuters that Russia was undermining peace efforts in eastern Ukraine. Alliance members are concerned about “Russia’s recent large-scale military activities in and around Ukraine.” In the past few days, the Ukrainian military had spoken of three places where Russia was apparently increasing its troops.
Separatists in Eastern Ukraine supported financially and with weapons
According to unconfirmed recordings on social media, the government in Moscow is moving tanks and other material to the border regions and to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. Most recently, violence has increased again in eastern Ukraine. The government in Kiev and the West accuse the government in Moscow of supporting the separatists in eastern Ukraine financially and with weapons.
A few days ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Putin spoke about the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, according to government spokesman Steffen Seibert. The actual reason for the video conference was the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The Chancellor and the French President therefore called for negotiations to be carried out to implement the Minsk peace agreement in the so-called Normandy format with the participation of Ukraine.