Despite Russian claims it was pulling back its troops along the Ukrainian border, the U.S. senior administration official said late Wednesday that Russian military personnel accumulated near the East European country’s border have increased by about 7000 in the recent days. The U.S. official said the rise renders Moscow’s claim of retreating ‘false’ and notified that public candidness of Russian leader to diplomacy was a pretext.
According to the senior US government official, every sign they’ve now in Moscow means only to openly offer to dialogue and assert regarding reducing tensions in the crisis zone while privately mobilizing of conflict. The latest assessments would place the figure of Russian troops North of the 0.15 million numeral American President mentioned in a TV address a week earlier.
European leaders had already welcomed Russian assertions of pullout with skepticism. Moreover, during an address in the East Room, Mr. Biden said Tuesday that Russian forces pull out would be decent but that he’s yet to understand any proof that such a withdrawal was ongoing. He added that their analysts show that they remain significantly in a threatening position. And the fact remains right now, Moscow has over 0.15 million personnel encircling Ukraine and the landlocked country of Belarus and near the Ukrainian border.
The U.S. official again cautioned Moscow could utilize a false pretext for an incursion, including assertions about the Western military alliance or claiming atrocities were happening in the Donbass region, which has been under the control of separatists supported by Russia since 2014. Additionally, they should anticipate more fake reports from Russia’s state-controlled media over the forthcoming days; according to the official, they do not realize what form the false pretext will take. However, they also anticipate the world is prepared.
Ned Price, the U.S. States Department spokesperson, told the media that more Russian forces, not smaller figures, are on the border with Ukraine, and they are proceeding concerningly into combating positions. At a summit of NATO nation’s Defense Ministers in Brussels, Belgium, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, said they’ve heard the indications from Russia about willingness to continue diplomatic efforts. But, until now, they’ve not observed any stepping down in the crisis zone. In contrast, it looks as if Moscow continues increasing its military presence across the post-Soviet country.
Mikk Marran, Director-General, Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service, asserted that Moscow would carry out a limited attack on its neighbor, including a missile bombing, and occupy key territory. Moreover, he said that currently, their analysis is that they’d avoid largely populated cities, as it takes a large number of personnel to regulate those areas. After that, however, there’s no doubt of what avenue the Russian military might exploit.