Russia and Ukraine step up military alert with combat drills
Increased military activity follows weeks of rising tension that have raised the risk of war.Ukraine, which with its ally the United States has said it believes Russia may be preparing an invasion, staged exercises of its own near the border with Belarus.
© Valery Ax Vladimir Putin Thursday in Kremlin, during a videoconference. The Russian President would wait for Joe Biden validates the modalities of their summit, in the coming days. AFP / Sputnik / Mikhail Metzel
Russia prepares an offensive against Ukraine involving up to 175,000 soldiers next year, said Friday the Washington Post
, citing American information. Moscow would be preparing to launch "100 battalions composed of tactical groups with an estimated number of 175,000 men, as well as tanks, artillery and other equipment," said an American official on an American daily under anonymity. Asked by AFP, the Pentagon refused to comment on information about the intelligence, but indicated to be "very concerned about the evidence of Russia's plans for aggressive action against Ukraine". "We continue to support the decline in tensions in the region and a diplomatic solution to the eastern conflict of Ukraine," said Pentagon spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Tony Semelroth. It has been a fact, for several weeks, the Russian forces are concentrated 250 km from the long border between the two countries, including the Donbass, this Ukrainian region accompanied by Russia where fighting
. According to the post, who has had access to an American military document, the troops focus at four different locations with 50 tactical combat groups. According to the New York Times
video: Ukraine asks NATO to prepare sanctions against Russia in case of invasion (France 24)
"If the consequences of" NATO warns Moscow against an attack on Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Russia has warned against violence against Ukraine. The German government in solidarity with Ukraine. © Photo: Olivier Matthys / AP / dpa Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, speaking in Brussels at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. Russian troop movements on the border with Ukraine are continuing to violent tensions. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Moscow on Friday before an attack on Ukraine.
, which had access to the same document , Unclassified, US officials emphasize that Vladimir Putin's intentions remain unclear and that the information gathered do not show that it has decided to implement this apparent war plan. A "wingspan" for the end of January on its side, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov, stated in front of Parliament that more than 94,000 Russian soldiers are already massed near the borders of Ukraine; He cited intelligence reports suggesting that Moscow could prepare a "scaling up" for the end of January. Russia has already "started military exercises near Ukraine" and is "testing its communications", he still said. VIDEO. "Ukraine retapled without hesitation": Kiev warns Moscow against any attempt at invasion in early November, satellite images had shown the magnitude of military troops and equipment deployed at the border with Ukraine, near the Russian city. of Ielnia. The 1st army of guard tanks, an elite unit of Russian land forces, was part of it. Fighting tanks and motor artillery pieces had also been moved to Briansk and Kursk. Last spring, the important movements of Russian troops
had already tense relations between Moscow and the West. Through these new maneuvers, Vladimir Putin might want to weigh on the West to obtain that NATO does not admit Ukraine as a member of the military alliance, and that this commitment is guaranteed by legally binding provisions. Discussion planned between Biden and Putin "We have been aware of the actions of Russia for a long time," Friday evening Joe Biden, interrogated by journalists on the possibility that Russia invades Ukraine. He also said to prepare "initiatives" to defend Ukraine in case of invasion
. "What I do is gather what I believe to be the most comprehensive and meaningful initiative series to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to move forward and do what the People fear he doing, "he just explained. The press secretary of the White House, Jen Psaki, then said that a security aid for Ukraine was under study. The US President and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will soon discuss
, in videoconference, tensions around Ukraine, seven years after the Russian annexation of Crimea and the taking of control of a part of the East of the East. The former Soviet Republic by pro-Russian separatist forces. The Kremlin said Friday that Russia and the United States had a temporary date and hour for this video summit, but that Moscow was waiting for Washington to finalize. The White House was content to say that it was "engaged" in talks with a view to a possible appeal.
is from Ukraine: the G7 warning to Russia .
The Foreign Ministers of the G7 warned Russia that they accuse to massage troops at the border with Ukraine. View on Euronews © PHOTO The G7 of Foreign Ministers posted a united front against Moscow, which Westerners have been accusing for a few weeks to prepare a possible invasion of Ukraine, despite the kremlin's denials.