Pentagon officials have classified Russian "military growth" in the region as "the largest since 2014," and many nations have called for "an explanation," "receiving weak responses about training or exercises."
US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby has asked Russia to respond "to the world" about "what they are doing, with what forces, with what capabilities and what are their intentions" in eastern Ukraine, where the "military concentration only causes instability and more insecurity."
This is what Kirby has asserted after numerous questions about a concentration of Russian military in Crimea and along Russia's border with Ukraine, to which he also replied that "these are excellent questions to ask (Defense Minister Sergey) Shoygu in Moscow".
White House officials have classified Russian "military growth" in the region as "the largest since 2014," and many nations have asked Russia for "an explanation," "receiving weak responses on training or exercises," he noted. The Pentagon.
Kirby has assured that he does not believe that the Russians "have been totally transparent about what they are doing". He has not wanted to detail the scope of the Russian concentration. However, he has specified that it is in Crimea, still part of Ukraine, and throughout the eastern border.
On the other hand, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with his French and German counterparts on Friday about the "importance of supporting Ukraine against unilateral Russian provocations along the line of communication' in the east of the country.
Incalls with the German Heiko Maas and the French Jean-Yves Le Drian, Blinken has delved into the "need for Russia to immediately cease its military build-up and its incendiary rhetoric."
Likewise, the talks have emphasized the need to end "its military concentration" in the area, thus confirming its "unwavering support for the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine."
The Ukrainian authorities have criticized Russia in recent days for deploying the military in an area near the common border, which has been rejected from Moscow, which argues that it can move its military through its territory without restrictions.
Conflicts in the area have continued for years due to tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In the case of Crimea, Russia annexed this territory during the 2014 conflict with Ukraine before the population decided to incorporate it in a referendum. The Donbas region has been experiencing an armed conflict for years that confront Ukrainian government troops. And the pro-Russian separatists.
The Minsk Accords, signed in September 2014 and February 2015, laid the foundations for a political solution to the conflict but have so far not resulted in the cessation of violence. The United Nations estimates that at least 13,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict.