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NATO’s top military chief is concerned about Russian military movements near Ukraine

Key takeaways:

  • Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, urged Russia to be more transparent about its military activity in Ukraine.

On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg encouraged Russia to be more transparent about its military activities in Ukraine. Still, he avoided implying that Moscow was planning an invasion of its former Soviet ally.

Ukraine reports that after conducting war drills earlier this year, Russia stationed tens of thousands of troops and weapons near their shared border. In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and supported a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine that year, which it currently controls.

The US has cautioned the European Union to be vigilant of Russia’s intentions. Still, EU diplomats say that while they know Moscow’s military buildup, they do not expect Russia to act anytime soon.

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“We demand that Russia be honest about its military activities,” Stoltenberg said after meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels. “It’s critical to avoid escalations and lower tensions.”

When asked if he is concerned about an invasion, Stoltenberg said: “What we’re seeing is a massive, large-scale military buildup in Russia. There is an unusually high concentration of troops here. And we know that Russia has already demonstrated a willingness to utilise such military assets to pursue hostile operations against Ukraine.”

NATO's top commander is concerned about Russian military movements

“I think it’s equally vital that we don’t raise tensions right now,” he continued, “but we have to be clear-eyed and honest about the issues we face.”

According to Ukraine’s defence ministry, roughly 90,000 Russian troops are stationed near their border and in rebel-controlled territories in the country’s east. According to the report, the Russian 41st army has remained in Yelnya, a town 260 kilometres (160 miles) north of the Ukrainian border.

“We have to be prepared for all eventualities, for all alternatives,” Kuleba added, requesting assistance from the 30-nation military alliance to “strengthen Ukraine’s resilience.”

Source: CTV News

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