The United States is closely monitoring the activities of the Russian military near the country’s border with Ukraine, describing the activity as “unusual”.
“We continue to monitor this closely,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters on Friday.
“Without going into more details right now, I think it’s really a matter of scale. It’s a matter of the size of the units that we’re seeing,” he said, “any offensive or aggressive action by Russia is of great concern. will be the subject.”
Ukraine’s defense ministry said earlier this week that an estimated 90,000 Russian troops were stationed along the border and in rebel-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine.
For its part, Moscow has denied any saber-rattle.
“Russia maintains a presence of troops on its territory wherever necessary,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a call Wednesday, “the same day the highest-ranking military official of the United States called Moscow’s military movement”. important” said.
“We’ve seen this before,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a security forum in Washington.
“Well, so what does that mean? We don’t know yet,” Miley said. “But we’re continuing to monitor to the best of our ability.”
US military and intelligence officials repeatedly expressed concern in April, when Russia increased the number of troops along its border with Ukraine to 150,000, calling that buildup the largest since Moscow’s invasion of Crimea in 2014.
Tensions between Russia and the West seem to be increasing.
Russia earlier this week complained about US and NATO activities in the Black Sea as its naval forces practiced destroying enemy positions there.
And last month, Russia suspended its diplomatic mission in NATO in retaliation for the expulsion of eight Russian officials.
In June, the US provided Ukraine with a $150 million security package, including training and equipment, aimed at bolstering the country’s defensive capabilities.
Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.