“We see a build-up of the (Russian) armed forces, but there is no training of offensive units. We do not see preparation of the infrastructure necessary for an immediate escalation,” Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Gana Maliar said.
And considered at a press conference in Avdikva on the front line between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, that “Russia is begging to mobilize forces to exert political pressure and blackmail.”
The Ukrainian official considered that Moscow’s goal is to “destroy political and security alliances between Westerners,” according to “AFP.”
Since the end of 2021, Moscow has amassed tens of thousands of its soldiers on the borders of Ukraine, which raises fears in Western countries of an imminent invasion.
And if US intelligence confirmed that Moscow had sufficient capabilities to launch a mid-February attack, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he saw “concrete solutions” for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, after visiting the Russian and Ukrainian capitals.
Moscow denies any intention to launch an invasion, but it demands guarantees of its security, foremost of which is that Ukraine will not join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but the Westerners officially rejected this demand.