US: ‘We’re concerned about Russian aggression in Ukraine’

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US Department of Defense is concerned about reports of escalating tensions on the contact line in Donbas, learned citing the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

“I would say we are concerned about the recent escalation of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, including the violation of the July 2020 ceasefire that resulted in the death of four Ukrainian soldiers on March 26 and the injury of two more,” Kirby said at a briefing on Wednesday.

He added that, according to the United States, Russia’s “destabilizing actions” negate the successes in de-escalation, achieved with the mediation of the OSCE in July last year.

“Also, we are aware of the Ukrainian military reports regarding the movement of Russian troops on the Ukrainian borders, discussed our concerns about this growing tensions and ceasefire violations, as well as regional tensions, with NATO allies,” Kirby said.

He stated that he would prefer not to comment on the telephone conversation between the chairman of the committee of the chiefs of staff of the US Armed Forces, Mark Milli, with the head.

“However, I think we can assume that this (the situation in the east of Ukraine – IF) was one of the topics raised,” Kirby added.

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Earlier on Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation, Valery Gerasimov, and the chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Mark Milli, held telephone conversations on Wednesday.

“Issues of mutual interest were discussed,” the message says. The Russian Defense Ministry did not disclose the details of the negotiations. The Committee of the Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces also reported the conversation’s very fast and did not disclose its details.

Four servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed, and two were wounded due to shelling by Russian mercenaries in the area of ​​the village. Noises of the Toretsk City Council of the Donetsk Region on March 26. After that, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, appealed to the international community to condemn the escalation of the conflict for. In Moscow, the aggravation on the line of contact is associated with the provocative actions of Kyiv.


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