Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday that Washington is “closely” monitoring the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where US media have reported recent Russian troop movements.
The Washington Post reported that US officials expressed concern about the movements of these forces, which were documented in videos circulating on social media, showing Russian military trains and truck convoys carrying large quantities of military equipment, including tanks and missiles.
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that these moves did in fact take place, but they were less important compared to the moves that took place in the same region and raised the concern of the international community in April.
He told AFP that the current movement is further away from the border as well.
“We’re aware of reports of unusual Russian military activities near the border with Ukraine”, Kirby said at a press conference, without explicitly confirming that they had taken place.
“I cannot comment on Russian intentions, but what is certain is that we are watching the region closely, as we always do”, he added.
We will continue to consult with our allies and partners on this issue”.
Kirby stressed that “any escalation or aggressive action would be a source of great concern to the United States”.
The Ukrainian military announced last week that for the first time it used a Turkish-made attack drone to destroy a D-30 howitzer of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, drawing criticism from Paris and Berlin, which are mediating the peace process.
“We continue to support de-escalation in the region and a diplomatic solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine”, Kirby said.