Moscow/Kyiv: Russia has deployed tanks, helicopters and 4,000 troops and an S-400 missile system near the Ukraine border. Russian Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov sternly warned that if NATO made additional deployments to Ukraine, Russia would be forced to take steps against it. Besides, a Russian military analyst has warned that the Russia-Ukraine border’s deteriorating situation could escalate into a European war or even a World War.
Ukraine has claimed that four of its soldiers were killed in a skirmish in Donbass on the Russia-Ukraine border last month. Simultaneously, Ukraine also accused Russia of a significant military buildup on the border. The United States and NATO have thereby expressed concern over Russia’s actions. The US European Command (EUCOM) issued the highest alert in the wake of the growing Russian movement.
Since then, information about Russia’s ongoing military activities has begun to emerge. Russia has deployed 4,000 troops near the Ukrainian border. After that, Russian sent the advanced S-400 advanced missile systems, helicopters, tanks and armoured vehicles to the border. Photographs and videos of the mobilization were released in the media. Russia has clarified that the deployment is meant for its military exercises and not intended to intimidate anyone.
At the same time, however, Russian Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov warned that Russia would be forced to take measures if NATO deployed troops in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Pavel Felgenhauer, Russia’s leading military analyst, has warned that developments at the Russia-Ukraine border could trigger a pan-European war or even a world war. “Currently, there is considerable tension at the Russia-Ukraine border. No one can predict what will happen next. In the West, they don’t know what to do about it,” Felgenhauer added.
The United States and European leaders have reportedly held talks with the Ukrainian president and other senior leaders in the wake of the ongoing Russian activity. Sources said that US President Joe Biden had a telephonic conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. During the talks, President Biden is said to have assured the full support of the United States for Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity. Ahead of Biden’s phone call, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also had talks with Ukrainian leaders.
Leading European countries, Germany and France, have issued a joint statement saying they are watching Russia’s military movements. The two countries also expressed concern over tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border and offered full support for Ukraine.