US ‘increasingly worried’ by Russian military construction on Ukraine border

US ‘increasingly worried’ by Russian military construction on Ukraine border

Washington: The US is “increasingly concerned” by Russian military construction on its border with Ukraine, the White House said, since 2014 since Moscow has had more troops on that border.
“The US is concerned with the recent escalating Russian invasion to increase the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine,” White House press secretary Jane Saki told reporters during a briefing on Thursday.
He said, “Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed this week alone. They are all intimately linked to the signs.”
He also said that Russia currently deployed more troops on the border than at any time since 2014, when conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine, the news agency Xinhua said.
About 14,000 people were killed and 40,000 were injured in the ongoing conflict.
Kremlin Deputy Chief of Staff Dmitry Kozak said on Thursday that Russia would be forced to defend residents in the Donbas of eastern Ukraine, including the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, if required to do so.
Such a decision would depend on the scale of violence in the area, with Kojak saying that Donbas has experience with “armed structures” and is currently capable of defending himself without outside help.
He reiterated that Russia does not want to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty or seize its territories.
Last week, President Joe Biden confirmed to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zalensky America’s “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has been escalating since February and despite a cease-fire in July last year, conflict between the Donbas rebels and Ukrainian government forces intensified.
The rebels have controlled parts of Donbas along the Russian border for nearly seven years.
According to UN estimates, more than 13,000 people have died since then.
Despite an agreed cease-fire, at least 21 soldiers have died on the government side since the beginning of the year.
According to separatists, around 23 people have died in the same period.

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