Newscast Media KIEV—NATO warned on Tuesday that Russia has launched a “very
serious” military build-up inside Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops
and sophisticated equipment including air defense systems.
Troops, artillery and “very modern” air defense weapons could be seen “both inside of
Ukraine and also on the Russian side of the border,” NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said
as he arrived for a meeting with European Union defense ministers.
“It is a very serious build-up,” Stoltenberg said, urging Russia to reverse course and
meet its commitments under a September ceasefire and peace plan signed by Kiev
“Russia has a choice. Russia can either be part of a peaceful negotiated solution or
Russia can continue on a path of isolation,” Stoltenberg said.
“The international community calls on Russia to be part of the solution.”
But for the moment “we see that Russia is still destabilizing Ukraine. We see
movement of troops, tanks, artillery, air defense systems in violation of the
ceasefire,” the former Norwegian premier said.
Stoltenberg took office in October with the Ukraine crisis top of his agenda as the
US-led military alliance beefed up its readiness in response to the latest developments
He is visiting the Baltic states later this week.
Source: Al Manar TV News
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US has accused Russia of again building up its
forces along the border with eastern Ukraine, where fighting continues. Kyiv says its
troops have battled separatists around three Ukrainian border towns.
The US Department of Defense on Wednesday said it had detected up to 12,000
Russian combat troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and accused Russia of continuing
to support separatists in eastern Ukraine.
In May, apparently in response to Western pressure, Russian reduced its border
forces – put by the US at 40,000 – down to about 1,000.
But, in Washington on Wednesday, US defense spokesman Army Colonel Steve
Warren estimated that 12,000 were present. He described the Russian units as
“battalion task groups” and “combat soldiers.”
“I can’t speak for what they intend to do. Certainly, it is intimidating,” Warren said.
Moscow has repeatedly denied sending advanced weapons being used by separatists
since they were evicted by Ukrainian forces from their stronghold of Slavyansk 10
Ukraine’s Kyiv-based government on Wednesday said it had lost 11 servicemen in the
past 24 hours during fighting around three towns close to Ukraine’s border with
Ukrainian national security spokesman Andriy Lysenko identified them as the towns of
Amvrosyika, Marynivka and Izvarne. Troops had been backed by Ukrainian artillery and
aviation, he added.
Rebel leader Igor Strelkov said two of his fighters were killed during a rebel bid to cut
off government forces east of Donetsk.
Lysenko said Ukrainian warplanes had been cleared to resume flights over the east.
Two days ago, a government Antonov-26 transport plane was downed. Kyiv alleged
that it was fired from Russia.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media KIEV—NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the
alliance is strengthening its military presence on its eastern borders in response to
the crisis in Ukraine.
Speaking after a meeting in Brussels of the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s main
political decision-making body, Rasmussen said the alliance will be making new military
deployments by sea, air, and land “within days.”
He said there will be “more planes in the air, more ships on the water, more readiness
on the land.”
Rasmussen didn’t reveal operational details or numbers about the new deployments.
But he said there will be more “air policing” in the Baltic region, and that allied ships
will be deployed in the Baltic Sea, eastern Mediterranean, and elsewhere if required.
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