USA expresses concern as Russian Federation 'sends ballistic missiles' to Ukraine border

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 9, 2021

Chancellor Merkel spoke to Mr Putin on the phone on Thursday and called on Russian Federation to "de-escalate tensions" by reducing its troop reinforcements.

"In a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President Joe Biden recently affirmed the US's unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea". He said that a 23-year-old Ukrainian soldier was killed in the area on Wednesday night.

'The Chancellor demanded that this build-up be unwound in order to de-escalate the situation, ' Berlin said in a readout of the call.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian Federation would keep military forces near its border with Ukraine for as long as it saw fit and a high-ranking Moscow security official added it could take "measures" if necessary.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky informed Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau of the aggravation of the security situation in eastern Ukraine.

Zelensky asked Johnson and Trudeau to increase global pressure on Russian Federation and support a NATO Membership Action Plan () for Ukraine.

"All commanders understand that snipers are targeting our guys", Zelensky said. Fifty Ukrainian troops died in the whole of past year.

Ukraine is thought of as a weak state compared to Russia's enormous military machine, considered the world's second most powerful army.

Putin has made previous analogies to a "second Srebrenica" if Ukraine does not submit to an amnesty on new border lines which have emerged since the conflict started in 2014. Both sides accuse each other of provocations and regularly exchange fire, with the casualties mounting among both military personnel and civilians.

Ukrainian separatists are widely seen as having Russia's political and military backing, which Moscow denies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin first suggested in 2019 that Russian-speaking residents might suffer a Srebrenica-like massacre if Ukraine regained full control of Donbass without guarantees.

Peace talks mediated by France and Germany since 2015 have failed to end the fighting.

Ukraine and western countries say Donbass separatists have been armed, led, funded and aided by Russians, including active Russian troops.

Russian Federation has said its military movements near its border with Ukraine are defensive and pose no threat.

In addition, the President stressed the importance of a possibility for Ukraine to obtain the NATO Membership Action Plan.

Alliance members responded with calls for Kiev to continue military and defence reforms.

Ukraine has raised the alarm over an increase in Russian forces near its eastern border as violence has risen along the line of contact separating its troops from Russian-backed separatists in its Donbass region.

She added that Moscow was concerned about "financial and logistical support of the Ukrainian armed forces by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries", as well as the alliance supplying lethal weapons and Western instructors training Ukrainian military personnel.

"We will respond appropriately to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russian Federation", said President Vladimir Putin, during a high-level meeting with the country's senior diplomats in mid-2018.

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