The Russian government this Thursday denounced the transport of “heavy weapons” through Kiev to eastern Ukraine, while branding the reports as “lies” pointing to a possible invasion of Russia amid escalating tensions on the border.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zajarova reported that “the OSCE Special Observation Mission in Ukraine has uncovered the transport of heavy weapons, including large-caliber artillery and armored vehicles, through Kiev, in the east of the country, as well as the use of drones,” the Russians said News agencies Sputnik.
For his part, the Chief of the General Staff of Russia, Valery Gerasimov, on Thursday called the reports indicating a possible invasion of Moscow “lies” and insisted that “any provocation by the Ukrainian authorities to solve the problems in Donbas will be violently suppressed.”
In a meeting with diplomats Gerasimov emphasized that “the NATO states are paying excessive attention to the movement of troops in the Russian Federation,” reports TASS, while defending that the deployment of troops is a “routine practice” as long as it is part of his Sovereign territory, “they do not require notification.”
“The information circulating in the media about the alleged impending Russian invasion of Ukraine is a lie,” he concluded.
Russia maintains an unusual military concentration on the border with Ukraine, where it has used heavy equipment, armed vehicles, tanks, drones and electronic systems in combat forces that have raised alarms in Kiev and NATO about possible aggression after Russia marched 2014 in its neighbors and annexed the Crimean peninsula.