“Russia’s destabilizing operation undermined the adoption of [last year’s agreement]The Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, John Kirby, said on Wednesday, “In addition, we are also aware of Ukrainian military reports about the actions of the Russian army on the Ukrainian border.”
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken read a speech during a call with Ukrainian Foreign Secretary Dmytro Kuleba on Wednesday, reiterating the “Russia’s confrontation with Donbas and Crimea “Continuous aggression”, Ukraine’s “firm support” for Ukraine’s territorial integrity. General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also spoke with the Supreme General of Ukraine on Wednesday, while National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister earlier this week.
According to U.S. defense officials, the Pentagon became increasingly concerned after military intelligence reports estimated that about 4,000 heavily armed Russian troops were moving in Crimea. The official said: “It is not yet clear what they are doing.” He added that the United States now believes that after further evaluation, this may be part of a Russian military exercise. Part of the assessment was based on phone calls with Ukrainian officials, who also viewed the Russian activities as an exercise.
The official said that if this is the case, the operation of so many Russian military personnel is a difficult task. This may be a deliberate message from the Kremlin to the Biden administration about Russia’s strength in the region and its allies to the United States. The ability to challenge.
On this occasion, NATO countries disrupted the aircraft ten times on Monday to track Russia’s unusually high level of military flights over most of Europe, including the North Sea, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea. NATO jets completed six interceptions in six hours.
The Biden administration has taken a tougher stance towards Russia, and Ukraine is only the latest source of tension between these two rivals. Due to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navani, the White House announced a series of sanctions against Russian officials and entities earlier this month. President Joe Biden then warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin would “pay the price” for efforts to disrupt the 2020 U.S. election, and continued to call Putin a “killer.” At the same time, the government is expected to impose more sanctions on Russia for election interference and SolarWinds cyber attacks.
On Wednesday, Milli spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Valery Gerasimov (General Valery Gerasimov). Although the topics discussed by the two generals have not been made public, in the past few days, the Ministry of Defense has been paying attention to the situation of Russia’s increase in troops and equipment along the Ukrainian border. The Ministry of National Defense recently proposed a so-called “surveillance condition level” in the area to collect the latest intelligence assessments on Russian activities and intentions, while monitoring any potential threats. The New York Times first reported this development.
Russia accused Ukraine of renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov (Dmitry Peskov) said this week that Russia is worried about “Ukraine provocations,” but he said he hopes Russia will not escalate to fighting.
But Ukraine warned Russia of a series of ceasefire violations, including two mortar and large-caliber machine gun fires, which resulted in the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers last Friday. On Tuesday, Ukraine accused Russia of violating the ceasefire agreement seven times, prompting the country’s parliament to call for political and economic pressure on Moscow.