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Russia seeks to ‘provoke’ conflict Ukraine, Germany said | Conflict news


For the second time this week, Germany raised concerns about Russia’s military build-up along the border with Ukraine, out of concerns about the potential escalation of conflict in the region.

In recent weeks, Moscow has amassed tens of thousands of troops as well as tanks and artillery near Ukraine’s eastern border. It also mobilized troops in the annexed Black Sea region of Crimea, which it captured in March 2014.

Meanwhile, fighting has increased in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been fighting Russian-backed separatists since rebels took a portion of the territory there. April 2014.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Wednesday told public broadcaster ARD she believes Russia is “trying to do whatever it takes to provoke a response” and “just waiting for a move, so to speak. is from NATO, to have an excuse to continue to act “.

Her comments follow Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plea last Thursday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back the army.

Kramp-Karrenbauer stressed that NATO, of which Germany is a member, would side with Ukraine in the conflict but added that neither the alliance nor Ukraine itself would be caught up in Russia’s “game”.

She praised Kyiv for reacting “sober” so far and expressed doubts about Moscow’s claim to have sent troops to its western border for exercises because of the “threat” from NATO. .

“If it is a move as the Russians say, there are international procedures through which one can create transparency and trust,” she added, adding that Germany is watching the shows. Turn very tight.

The day before, NATO, seeing Ukraine as an ally, urge Russia ends its “irrational” military construction.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at NATO headquarters in Brussels, called the force movement “the largest gathering of Russian troops” since Russia’s annexation. enter the Crimea.

According to Kyiv, a seven-year conflict in eastern Ukraine has left more than 14,000 people dead [Al Jazeera]

Biden proposed to negotiate with Putin

Also on Tuesday, the US, a leading member of NATO, intervened in the crisis.

President Joe Biden urged Putin to ease tensions in the region and proposed a summit among estranged leaders to resolve some of the disputes.

The phone call marked the second dialogue between the two world leaders since Mr. Biden took office in January, after Russia warned Washington to keep US warships scheduled to reach the Black Sea during this week, away from Crimea.

“The President expressed our concern about the sudden increase in Russian troops in occupied Crimea and on the Ukrainian border, and called on Russia to de-escalate the tensions,” the White House said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Biden’s proposal for negotiations would be “investigated”.

Russian news agencies reported that the Russian navy on Wednesday began the exercises in the Black Sea in the presence of US warships.

The exercise involved floating ships from Russia’s Black Sea fleet, stationed in Crimea, as well as helicopters and aircraft. They will fire drills on targets on the ground and in the air, the agencies said.

Tensions with NATO

Moscow has blamed NATO and the United States for turning Ukraine into a “powder container” with increased arms supplies to Ukraine.

While Kyiv welcomed demonstrations of Western support, it failed to fulfill Ukraine’s desire to become a full NATO member – which Moscow opposed.

Ukraine accused Russia of ignoring requests for talks between the two countries over Russia’s military build-up.

While the ceasefire ended the full-scale war in eastern Ukraine in 2015, sporadic clashes continue and fears of escalation have increased in recent weeks amid clashes. New frontline levels. [File: Oleksandr Klymenko/Reuters]

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied meddling in the Donbas, but Ukraine and some Western countries say separatist forces in the region have been armed, led, funded and supported by Russia.

On Tuesday, in its first public description of the military building, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had dispatched two armies and three paratroopers to their western border as one part of quick drills to test combat readiness and response. he called NATO threatening military action.

Russia has previously accused NATO of destabilizing Europe with its military reinforcements in Baltics and Poland since its annexation of Crimea.

Shoigu said on state television that the three-week drills, which he said had been successful, will end in the next two weeks.

He also claimed NATO is deploying 40,000 troops and 15,000 military equipment near Russia’s borders, mainly in the Black Sea and the Baltic regions. NATO denies any such plans.



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