Russia and Ukraine dispute allegations over an upcoming military offensive

The Russian and Ukrainian authorities continue to raise their political pulse with crossed allegations of an imminent military offensive, in a new surge in tensions since the start of a separatist rebellion in Donbas in 2014 and Moscow’s proclamation of annexation of the Crimean peninsula. .

Kiev estimates that around 122,000 Russian soldiers are stationed around 200 kilometers from the border, plus more than 143,000 at a distance of 400 kilometers. Moscow is defending itself, claiming between announcements of new deployments that it has the right to mobilize prior to the Ukrainian attempt at rapprochement with NATO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference on Thursday that “Ukraine may be preparing a military operation”. This Friday, the spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, followed this line: “Instead of ending the civil war, Kiev seems to be preparing to solve the so-called Donbas problem by force,” reports the Sputnik news agency. .

Russia and Ukraine dispute allegations over an upcoming military offensive
Russia and Ukraine dispute allegations over an upcoming military offensive

For its part, the Ukrainian government rejects the allegations. “The statement by the President of Russia about the alleged preparation of a military operation in Donbass is wrong,” the spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Oleh Nikolenko, told the Ukrinform agency.

With this in mind, Nikolenko has pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities, led by President Volodimir Zelensky, are only looking for peace and continue to rely on diplomacy to resolve the conflict.

The increase in Russian troops near the Ukrainian border has also aroused all kinds of suspicions internationally. US President Joe Biden has warned Putin that hypothetical military intervention will not go unpunished.

NATO has also sided with Kiev, while the European Union recognized this week through its High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, that there is “fear of an invasion”.

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